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Jodocus (Joseph) Leopold Frisch
FRISCH, Jodocus (Joseph) Leopold.

FRISCH, Jodocus (Joseph) Leopold.
(1714 - 1787)

(Born: Berlin, Germany, 29 October 1714; Died: Grüneberg, Schlesien, Germany, 1787) German theologian & naturalist.

Son of scientifically inclined evangelistic preacher, Frisch was a pastor at Cottwitz and Glogau (1742-7), at Schwenitz near Grüneberg (1747-52) and at Sabor (1752-65). He retired to Grüneberg in Schlesien.

Biographical references: Biographie Universelle: 15, 203. DBA: I 352, 116-123; II 409, 97. Ersch & Gruber, Allgemeine Enzykopädie, 1818-89: 50, 221-2. Jöcher, Gelehrten-Lexikon, Supplement. Meusel, Verstorbenen Teutschen Schrifsteller, 1802-16. Nouvelle Biographie Générale (Hoefer): 18, cols. 887-8. Poggendorff: 1, col. 805. WBI.

Mvsei Hoffmanniani, 1741

1. German, 1741 [Collection catalog].
Mvsei Hoffmanniani | Petrefacta Et Lapides | Oder | Ausführliche Beschreibung | Der | Versteinerten Dinge | Und anderer | Curieusen und raren Steine | Welche in dem | Vollständigen Cabinet | Herrn D. Friederich Hoffmanns | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | befindlich sind, | Mit Genehmhaltung des Herrn Geheimen Raths | abgefasset | Von | Jodocus Leopold Frisch, aus Berlin, | der Gottesgelartheit und Weltweisheit Beflissenen. | [ornate rule] | Halle, Zu finden in der Rengerischen Buchhandlung. 1741.

4°: [12], 119, [1] p. Page size: 202 x 164 mm.

Rare. Complete descriptive catalog of the petrifications and other curious and rare stones and minerals, which were contained in the outstanding cabinet of Friedrich Hoffmann. Schröter considers the descriptions to be far to brief, incomplete and unreliable. At the conclusion of the catalog is a bibliography of the works referenced in the text. The Mineralienkabinett was acquired in 1777 by Johann Goldhagen and incorporated into his own natural history collections. Subsequently, in 1787, Goldhagen's collections were purchased by the University of Halle. The remains of it are held there today.

Friedrich Hoffmann. (Born: Halle, Germany, 19 February 1660; Died: Halle, Germany, 12 November 1742) German physician. Hoffmann was the son of Friedrich Hoffmann [1626-1675], a well-known municipal physician of Halle. In 1675, he lost both his parents and a sister within a few days. In his youth, he was educated at home, including instruction in anatomy and pharmacology. From 1678 to 1680, he studied medicine at the University of Jena, receiving his M.D. in 1681. Afterward, Hoffmann embarked on an extended tour of Belgium, Holland, and England, studying medical methods. In 1681, he accepted a position at the University of Jena, but soon left due to jealousy from the senior faculty. For the next decade he successfully practiced his craft in Minden and Halberstadt. In 1693, Hoffmann was named the first professor of medicine at the University of Halle and charged with organizing the medical school. Except for a couple of tenures as court physician in Berlin, he remained in Halle.

Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Goldhagen. (Born: Nordhausen, Germany, 1742; Died: Halle, Germany, 10 January 1788) German physician & medical writer. In 1769 Goldhagen was named professor extraordinary of philosophy and natural history at the University of Halle. In 1778 he was appointed professor of medicine and was given the title of city phyician. During his lifetime he built an extensive natural science collection, which was among the most important in Europe. Included was a large component of mineralogical specimens, rocks and fossils. In 1787, his collections were puchased for 2,500 thaler by the University.

Bibliographical references: BL [458.a.17.]. Cobres, Deliciæ Cobresianæ, 1782: 1, 121. Freiesleben, Sächsische Mineralien-Verzeichnisse, 1828: no. 8. Gatterer, Mineralogischen Literatur, 1798-9: 1, 261-2. Leipziger gelehrte Zeitung: 1742, 54. LKG: XV 11. Murray, Museums, 1904: 2, 289. NUC: 186, 215 [NF 0398055]. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 425. Schröter's Journal für die Liebhaber: 1 (1772), pt. 1, 19-20 [review]. Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 213. (Hoffmann) ADB: 12, 584-8. Catalogue of Portraits of Naturalists: 587-8 [9 portraits listed]. DBA: I 552, 141-245; II 601, 4-43. DSB: 6, 458-61 [by G.B. Risse]. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon, 1884-8: 3, 256-9. Hirsching, Historisch-literarisches Handbuch, 1794-1815. Jöcher, Gelehrten-Lexikon, Supplement. NDB. Poggendorff: 1, cols. 1122-3. Schaedler, Biographisch Handwörterbuch, 1891: 53. Schrader, Biographisch Lexicon der Tierärtze, 1863. WBI. Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 176. Zischka, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon, 1961: 296. (Goldhagen) Biographie Universelle. Hirsch, Biographisches Lexikon, 1884-8: 2, 593 [by W. Pagel]. Nouvelle Biographie Générale (Hoefer). Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 172-3.

2. German, 1741.
Untersuchung | Natürlicher Dinge. | Erstes Stück, | in welchem | Die eigenlichen Fossilien mit wahrhaften Namen benennet, | gehörig beschreiben und Eingeteilt, | dabey auch | von allen gebildeten Steinen eine kurze Eintheilung gemacht | und deren Unterschied allen Anfangern in der | Naturhistorie | zum Nutzen gezeiget worden | von | Jodocus Leopoldus Frisch. | [ornament] | 1741.

4°: A-B4; 8l.; [16] p.

Very rare. Apparently the only part published of a work that would have described items of nature, including minerals. This portion concerns stones and earths, and includes descriptions of the species together with locality information. It includes a new system of mineralogical classification devised by the author.

Bibliographical references: BL [B.378.(13.)]. Cobres, Deliciæ Cobresianæ, 1782: 1, p. 121. Gatterer, Mineralogischen Literatur, 1798-9: 1, 25. LKG: XII 21. NUC [no copy listed].

Die Welt im Feuer, 1746

3. German, 1746 [First edition].
[In black:] Die | [in red:] Welt [in black:] im [in red:] Feuer, | [in black:] Oder das | Wahre Vergehen | und | [in red:] Ende [in black:] der [in red:] Welt, | [in black:] Durch den letzten | Sünd=Brand; | [rule] | [in red:] Nebst 12 illuminirten Kupffern. | [in black, rule] | deutlich vorgestellt | von | [in red:] Jodoc. Leopold. Frisch, | [in black:] Ev. Pr. zu K. in S. | [rule] | Sorau, bey Gottlob Hebold, Buchh. 1746.

4°: [16], 175, [1] p., 12 engraved plates (hand-colored; depictions of the world). Title printed in red and black. Page size: 198 x 160 mm.

Very scarce. This is a curious mixture of science and theology being a history of the physical world from creation to its presumed fiery end. Frisch discusses the geology and mineralogy of the Earth, the nature of light and the elements, and asks questions like "what among all things will pass or will melt?", "what kind of fire will it be?", etc. All is considered in light of the creation and the millennium, with the general theological overtones. Frisch references Bernhard Wagners' Tractatus Theologicus de Fine Mundi (Leipzig, 1699) throughout his text. The plates show the earth in different stages since its creation, and other physical phenomena including the refraction of the sunbeams.

Bibliographical references: BL [4257.d.5.]. NUC [no copy listed].

4. German, 1747 [2nd edition].
Die Welt im Feuer, oder das Wahre Vergehen und Ende der Welt, durch den letzten Sünd-Brand; nebst 12 illuminirten Kupffern, deutlich vorgestellt von Jodoc. Leopold Frisch ... Zweyte Auflage. Sorau, Bey Gottlob Hebold, 1747.

4°: [16], 175, [1] p., 12 engraved plates (hand-colored; depictions of the world). Title printed in red and black.

Very scarce. An slightly corrected reissue of the 1746 edition.

Bibliographical references: BL [4257.d.13.]. Honeyman Sale: no. ??. Hoover Collection: no. 324. NUC [no copy listed].

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