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Jean Pierre Louis Girardin
GIRARDIN, Jean Pierre Louis.

GIRARDIN, Jean Pierre Louis.
(1803 - 1884)

(Born: 1803; Died: 1884) French chemist.

Professor in the agricultural school at Rouen. Authored a popular textbook of chemistry (Paris, 1836-37) that went through several editions.

Biographical references: Poggendorff: 1, col. 905.

1. French, 1826 [First edition].
Élémens | De Minéralogie | Appliquée | Aux Sciences Chimiques; | Ouvrage Basé Sur | La Méthode De M. Berzélius, | Contenant | L'Histoire naturelle et métallurgique des Substances minérales, leurs | applications à la Pharmacie, à la Médecine et à l'Économie domestique; | suivi d'un | Précis Élémentaire De Géognosie. | Par J. Girardin et H. Lecoq, | Pharmaciens Internes Des Hôpitaux Civils De Paris. | Tome Premier. [-Second]. | [ornate rule] | Paris, | Thomine, Libraire, Rue De La Harpe, N° 78. | [ornate rule] | 1826.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: π10 b4 1-328 336; 276l.; [i]-xxviii, [1]-522, [2] p., plates 1-3 (folding), folding table at p. 201. [Vol 2] 8°: π8 1-308 316; 254l.; [i]-xvi, [1]-490, [2] p., plates 4-7 (folding; 3 hand-colored), folding table at p. 423. Page size: 198 x 122 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Half title page, "Élémens | De Mineralogie | Appliquée | Aux Sciences Chimiques," verso "Imprimerie De Huzard-Courgier."; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v], Dedication to N.-E. Henry, signed Lecoq. J. Girardin.; [vi], Blank.; [vii]-xx, "Introduction."; [xxi]-xxviii, "Table Des Matières" (=table of contents of volume one).; [1]-522, Text.; [1 pg], "Errata du premier volume."; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], 3 folding plates.

[Vol 2] [i-ii], Half title page, "Élémens | De Mineralogie | Appliquée | Aux Sciences Chimiques," verso "Imprimerie De Huzard-Courgier."; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-xvi, "Table Des Matières (=table of contents of volume two).; [1]-460, Text.; [461]-464, "Tableau" (=crystalline forms of various artificial substances).; [465]-490, "Tableau Alphabétique | Des Matières."; [1 pg], "Errata du second volume."; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], Folding plates 4-7.

Scarce. Co-authored with Henry Lecoq. The text of volume one begins with a description of the physical characters of minerals. Then chemical characters are considered followed by a discussion of the chemical composition of minerals. A review is given of the previous mineral classifications of Hausmann, Haüy, Beudant, Bronigart, and Berzelius. The descriptive mineralogy then commences and this is carried though most of volume two. A section describing the metals in relation to mineralogy and a table of the crystalline forms of artifical chemicals close out the work.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 680.

2. French, 1837 [2nd edition].
Élémens | De Minéralogie | Appliquée | Aux Sciences Chimiques | Ouvrage Basé Sur | La Méthode De M. Berzélius | Contenant | L'Histoire naturelle et métallurgique des Substances minérales, leurs | applications à la Pharmacie, à la Médecine et à l'Économie domestique | suivi d'un | Précis Élémentaire De Géognosie | Par M.J. Girardin | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | Et | H. Lecoq | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | Tome Premier [-Second] | Paris | Thomine, Libraire, Rue Saint-Jacques, 38 | [rule] | 1837.

2 vols. [Vol 1] π10 b4 1-328 336; 276l.; [i]-xxviii, [1]-522, [2] p., 2 folding tables, 3 folding plates (pgs. 12 & 202); [Vol 2] π8 1-308 316; 254l.; [i]-xvi, [1]-490, [2] p., one folding table (pg. 422), 4 folding plates (3 hand-colored). Page size: 196 x 125 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Half title page, "Élémens | De Minéralogie | Appliquée | Aux Sciences Chimiques | I.," verso "[rule] | Paris.-Imprimerie D'Amédee Saintin, | Rue Saint-Jacques, 38."; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v], Dedication to N.-E. Henry, signed H. Lecoq & J. Girardin.; [vi], Blank.; [vii]-xx, "Introduction."; [xxi]-xxviii, Table of contents, volume 1.; [1]-522, Text.; [1 pg], Errata.; [1 pg], Blank.

[Vol 2] [i-ii], Half title page, "Élémens | De Minéralogie | Appliquée | Aux Sciences Chimiques | I.," verso "[rule] | Paris.-Imprimerie D'Amédee Saintin, | Rue Saint-Jacques, 38."; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-xvi, Table of contents, volume 2.; [1]-460, Text.; [461]-464, "Tableau | Des Formes Cristallines ..."; [465]-490, "Table Alphabetique | Des Matières."; [1 pg], "Errata Du Second Volume."; [1 pg], Blank.

Scarce. Co-authored with Henry Lecoq. After a long introduction, the text of volume one begins with a description of the physical characters of minerals. Then chemical characters are considered, with a detailed examination of how chemistry may be successfully applied to mineralogy. Based upon the theories of Berzelius [q.v.], a general scheme for classifying minerals with a discussion of its underlying principles is then presented. Included is an overview of mineralogical nomenclature. The descriptive mineralogy then commences and completes the first volume. Volume two continues and concludes the descriptive mineralogy. Two long sections about geognosie and metallurgy complete the text. A subject index to both volumes finishes the book.

Bibliographical references: Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 463.

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