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Johann Fridvaldszky
FRIDVALDSZKY, Johann.

FRIDVALDSZKY, Johann.
(1740 - 1784)

(Born: Altsohl, Hungary, 13 December 1740; Died: 1784) Hungarian Jesuit & mathematician.

Jesuit, instructor of mathematics at the Collegium in Clauseburg, then after the abolishment of the order, he made many mineralogical excursions through regions of Hungary.

Biographical references: Csíky, Forerunners of Mining-Geology Mapping, 1984. Lambrecht & Quenstedt, Catalogus, 1938: 149. Poggendorff: 1, cols. 804 & 1566. Sarjeant, Geologists, 1980: 2, 1044.

Minero-logia, 1767

1. Latin, 1767.
Minero-logia | Magni | Principatus | Transilvaniĉ | seu | Metalla, Semi-Metalla, Sulphu- | ra, Salia, Lapides, & Aquĉ | Conscripta. | A | Joanne Fridvaldsky | Societatis Jesu Sacerdote. | Anno Sal. M. DCC. LXVII. | [ornament] | Claudiopoli, | [double rule] | Typis Academicis Societatis Jesu.

8°: )(4 §4 A-N8 O2; 109l.; [16], [1]-206, [6] p., 4 plates (one folding). Page size: 210 x 165 mm.

Contents: [1 pg], Title page.; [1 pg], Dedication to Antonio Cothmann.; [1 pg], "Assertiones | Theologicĉ."; [1 pg], "Sub | Gratiosissimis Auspiciis | Illustrissimi."; [6 pgs], "Assertiones | De | Virtutibus Theologicis."; [5 pgs], "Illustrissime Domine | Baro."-signed Joannes Fridvaldszky.; [1 pg], "Ad Lectorem."; [1]-206, Text.

Rare. An early topographical work describing the minerals, metals and mines of Transylvania. After providing a general discussion of the work's goals, Fridvaldsky describes the metals, semi-metals, sulphurs, salts, earths & stones, and waters in individual sections of the text. Included are notes about the locations of occurances.

Bibliographical references: BL [1255.c.2.]. LKG: XIV 839. NUC [no copy listed]. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 424. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 868.

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