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Robert Jameson
JAMESON, Robert.

JAMESON, Robert.
(1774 - 1854)

(Born: Leith, Scotland, 11 July 1774; Died: Edinburgh, Scotland, 19 April 1854) Scottish mineralogist & geologist.

Jameson was a student of John Walker [1743-1804] at the University of Edinburgh. In 1800, he studied mineralogy and geology at the Freiberg Bergakademie under A.G. Werner. In 1804, upon the death of Walker, he succeeded to the Regius Chair of Natural History, at the University of Edinburgh, a position he held until his own death. In 1808, he help found the Wernerian Natural History Society, and cofounded in 1819 with David Brewster [1781-1868], The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal. Jameson is today remembered as the greatest exponent of Werner's geological theories in Britain; however, later in life, he accepted Hutton's views. In 1826, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. The mineral "Jamesonite" was named for him by W. Haidinger in 1825.

Biographical references: American Journal of Science: 2nd Series, 18 (1854), no. 68, 156-70 & 70 (1855), 387-91. Annual Register. Barr, Index to Biographical Fragments, 1973: 133. BBA: I 607, 301-337. Chitnis, A.C., "The University of Edinburgh's Natural History Museum and the Huttonian-Wernerian debate", Annals of Science, 26, (1970), no. 2, 85-94. Cleevely, World Palęontological Collections, 1983: 162. DNB: 10, 671-2. DSB: 7, 69-71 [by V. Eyles]. Eminent Scotsmen: 2, 383-6. Eyles, V.A., "Robert Jameson and the Royal Scottish Museum", Discovery, April 1954, 155-62. ISIS, 1913-65: 1, 642. Jameson, L., "Robert Jameson", Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, 57, (1854), 1-49. [Biographical memoir by Jameson's nephew, providing fullest contemporary account.]. Lambrecht & Quenstedt, Catalogus, 1938: 220. Livingstone, Minerals of Scotland, 2002: p. 34-43, portrait. Poggendorff: 1, col. 1189. Proceedings of the Geological Society, London: 11 (1855), xxxviii-xli. Ritchie, J., "A double centenary, Robert Jameson and Edward Forbes", Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 66B, (1956), pt. 1, no. 3, 29-58, plates 1-4. Ritchie, J., "Natural History and the Emergence of Geology in the Scottish Universities", Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society, 15, (1952), 297-316. Sarjeant, Geologists, 1980: 2, 1381-3, Suppl. 1 (1986), 1, 528 & Suppl. 2 (1995), 1, 762. Sweet, J.M. and C.D. Waterston, "Robert Jameson's approach to the Wernerian theory of the earth, 1796", Annals of Science, 23, (1973), no. 2, 81-95. Sweet, J.M., "Instructions to collectors: John Walker (1793) and Robert Jameson (1817): with biographical notes on James Anderson (LL.D.) and James Anderson (M.D.)", Annals of Science, 29, (1972), no. 4, 397-414, plates 1-2. Sweet, J.M., "Robert Jameson's Irish Journal, 1797. Excerpts from Robert Jameson's `Journal of my Tour in 1797'", Annals of Science, 23, (1973), no. 2, 97-126, plates 5-8. Sweet, J.M., "Robert Jameson and Shetland: a family history", The Scottish Genealogist, 16, (1969), no. 1, 1-18. Sweet, J.M., "Robert Jameson and the explorers: the search for the North-West Passage. Part I. 1. W. Scoresby (junior), C.L. Giesecke, M. Wormskiold and John Ross", Annals of Science, 31, (1974), no. 1, 21-47, plates 1-3. Sweet, J.M., "Robert Jameson in London, 1793. Excerpts from Robert Jameson's `Journal of a Voyage from Leith to London 1793'", Annals of Science, 19, (1963), no. 2, 81-116, plates 8-9. Sweet, J.M., "The Wernerian Natural History Society of Edinburgh", Freiberger Forschungshefte, Series C, no. 223 (1973), 205-218, figs. 1-4. WBI. World Who's Who in Science: 872.

1. English, 1798.
An | Outline | Of The | Mineralogy | Of The | Shetland Islands, | And Of The | Island Of Arran. | [tapered rule] | Illustrated With Copper-Plates. | [tapered rule] | With An | Appendix; | Containing Observations On | Peat, Kelp, and Coal. | [double rule] | By Robert Jameson, | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | [...2 lines of quotation, signed "Bergm. De Form Crystallor."] | [ornate rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed For William Creech;-And T. Cadell, Jun. | And W. Davies, London. | 1798.

8°: [2], xiv, 202 p., plate, 2 maps.

Rare. Robert Jameson, who was decended from a Shetland family, was interested in natural history from childhood. When he became a student at Edinburgh University, he attended lectures on the subject given by John Walker [1731-1803], and was introduced to geology. Soon Jameson was his teacher's favorite student and was given charge of the university's museum and taken on field excursions. In 1794, at the age of 20, he decided to make the study of geology his life's work. Consequently, he spent his summers studying geology and natural history in the Shetland Islands, and in 1797, he arranged an extended visited to the Island of Arran. His observations on the nature of these two locations was published as his Outline of the Mineralogy of the Shetland Islands and the Island of Arran, the first modern geological examination of the region.

Bibliographical references: BL [990.i.20.]. BMC: 2, 923. LKG: XIV 444.

Mineralogy of the Scottish Isles, 1800

2. English, 1800 [First edition].
Mineralogy | Of The | Scottish Isles; | With | Mineralogical Observations | made in a Tour through different parts of | The Mainland Of Scotland, | And | Dissertations | Upon | Peat And Kelp. | In Two Volumes. | Illustrated with Maps and Plates. | By | Robert Jameson, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | Observations veras, quam ingeniosissimas fictiones sequi pręstat; Naturę | mysteria potius indagare quam divinare. | Berg. De Form. Crystallor. | Vol. I. [-II.] | Edinburgh: Printed By C. Stewart & Co. | For B. White & Son, Fleet-Street, London; And W. Creech, Edinburgh. | [tapered rule] | 1800.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 4°: π2 b-d4 A-Z4 2A-2G4 2H2; 136l.; [i]-xxvi, [2], [1]-243, [1] p., 7 plates (one folding; numbered 1-7), one map (folding; "Map of Scotland Engraved for the Outline of the Mineralogy of the Scottish Isles."]. [Vol 2] 4°: π1 b2 A-Z4 2A-2N4 2O2; 149l.; [2], [i]-iv, [1]-289, [3] p., 6 plates (numbered 8-13). Page size: 254 x 204 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Half title page, verso blank. [not present in copy examined].; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-ix, "Preface."; [x], Blank.; [xi]-xii, "Contents."; [xiii]-xxvi, "Introduction."; [Folding map].; [1 pg], Dedication to Johan Walker, dated 20 July 1800.; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-243, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.

[Vol 2] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [i], Dedication to Charles Hatchet, dated 20 July 1800.; [ii], Blank.; [iii]-iv, "Contents."; [1]-279, Text.; [280], Blank.; [281]-289, "Index."; Colophon, page 289, "Printed by C. Stwart & Co. Forrester's Wywd, Edinburgh."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1 pg], "Errata."; [1 pg], Blank.

Scarce. In 1798, Jameson spent the summer exploring the Hebrides and the Western Islands, and in 1799 he investigated the Orkneys and revisited Arran. As a result of these journeys he published the much expanded Mineralogy of the Scottish Isles, which incorporated much of the material from his former Outline of the Mineralogy of the Shetland Islands and the Island of Arran (London, 1798).

Bibliographical references: Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 266. LKG: XIV 445a. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 1192.

Mineralogical Travels, 1813

3. English, 1813 [Reissue].
Mineralogical Travels | through the | Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland Islands, | and | Mainland of Scotland, | with Disserations upon Peat and Kelp. | In Two Volumes, | Illustrated with Maps and Plates. | [double rule] | By Robert Jameson, | Regius Professor of Natural History and Keeper of the Museum, and Lecturer on | Mineralogy in the University of Edinburgh, President of the Wernerian | Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the | Linnean Society of London, Honorary Member of the Royal | Irish Academy, of the Honourable Dublin Society, of the | Geological Society of London, of the Physical | and Mineralogical Societies of Jena, &c. | [double rule] | Volume I. | Edinburgh: | Printed for Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; and | White, Cochrane and Co., Fleet Street, London. | [rule] | 1813.

2 vols. in one. [Vol 1] 4°: xxvi, [2], 243 p., 2 (one folding) maps, 5 plates, one vignette; [Vol 2] 4°: [2], iv, 289, [2] errata and binder's directions p., 2 (one folding) maps, 4 plates, one vignette.

Scarce. This is a reissue of the author's Mineralogy of the Scottish Isles (Edinburgh, 1800). A new title page designed to better describe the volumes contents replaces the previous one, but the text is still in the sheets of the 1800 printing. The large folding map shows Scotland and the plates and illustrations depict geological features.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 923.

4. German, 1802 [German transl.].
Herrn Robert Jameson's | Mineralogische Reisen | durch | Schottland und die Schottischen Inseln. | [tapered rule] | Aus dem Englisch übersetzt | und | von einem Auszuge | aus | Herrn Bergrath Werner's Geognosie, | die | Lehre von den Gebirgsarten | betreffend, |als Einleitung begleitet | von Heinrich Wilhelm Meuder. | [tapered rule] | Mit zwey Karten und zwey Kupfern. | [tapered rule] | Leipzig, 1802 | bey Siegfried Lebrecht Crusius.

4°: [i]-xiv, [i]-xlviii, [1]-256, [2] p., frontispiece (scenic view), one folding map (of Scotland). Page size: 248 x 204 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii-iv], Dedication to A.G. Werner.; [v]-vi, "Vorrede des Uebersetzers."-signed Heinrich Wilhelm Meuder, March 1802.; [vii]-x, "Vorrede des Verfassers."; [xi]-xiv, "Inhaltsanzeige."; [i]-xlviii, "Einleitung."; [1], "Sectional title page, "Mineralogisch-Geographische | Beschreibung | der | Schottischen Inseln."; [2], Blank.; [3]-256, Text.; [1 pg], Errata.; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], One folding map of Scotland.

Very scarce. German translation by H.W. Meuder of Mineralogy of the Scottish Isles (Edinburgh, 1800).

Heinrich Wilhelm Meuder. German naturalist & translator. Need Biography.

Bibliographical references: LKG: XIV 446b. (Meuder) DBA: I 833, 106-107. Meusel, Verstorbenen Teutschen Schrifsteller, 1802-16. WBI.

System of Mineralogy, 1804

5. English, 1804-8 [First edition].
System | of | Mineralogy, | comprehending | [In two colums with a double vertical rule separator:] Oryctognosie, | Geognosie, | Mineralogical Chemis- | try, | [double vertical rule] | Mineralogical Geogra- |phy, and | Œconomical Mineralo- | gy. | [tapered rule] | By Robert Jameson, | Regius Professor of Natural History and Keeper of the Museum | in the Universtiy of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal and | Antiquarian Societies of Edinburgh, of the Linnęan | Society of London, Honorary Member of the Royal | Irish Academy, of the Mineralogical and | Physical Societies of Jena, Etc. | [rule] | Vol. I. | [rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed by C. Stewart; | For Archibald Constable and Co. Edinburgh; | T.N. Longman and O. Rees, London. | [rule] | 1804.

3 vols. [Vol 1: 1804] 4°: π4 a-f4 B-4K4; 338l.; [8], [i]-xlvii, [1], [1]-607, [1], [1]-11, [1] p., 11 plates (folding). [Vol 2: 1805] 4°: π2 A-4I3 4K3; 316l.; [4], [1]-625, [3] p., 5 plates (folding). [Vol 3: 1808] 4°: π4 a4 A-3B4 3C2; 204l.; [i]-xvi, [1]-368, [24] p., one table (folding; p. 50). Page size: 208 x 130 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [1 pg], "System | Of | Oryctognosie, | According To The Method Of The Illustrious | Werner Of Freyberg."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1 pg], Dedication to Colonel Alexander Diron, signed Robert Jameson, 30 April 1804.; [3 pgs], Blanks.; [i]-xviii, "Preface."; [xix]-xliii, "Introduction."; [xliv], Blank.; [xlv]-xlvii, "Books Quoted | In This | Work."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-18, "Tabular View | Of The | Mineral System."; [19]-607, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-11, "Explanation | Of The | Plates."; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], Plates I-XI.

[Vol 2] [2 pgs], Title page, verso "Printed by A. Neill & Co. | Edinburgh 1805."; [1 pg], Advertisement, signed R.J. [=Robert Jameson], 30 June 1805.; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-523, Text.; [524], Blank.; [525], "Appendix."; [526], Blank.; 527-559, "Appendix I. | Fossils Lately Described By Werner, And Ad- | mitted Into This System."; [Plates bound in at page 528].; [560], Blank.; 561-586, "II. | Miscellaneous Appendix."; 587-596, "Appendix III." [=synopsis of classification system].; 597-618, "Appendix IV." [=descriptions of new mineral species].; 619-625, "Index | To The First And Second Volumes."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1 pg], "Corrigenda."; [1 pg], Works published by Jameson. [Vol 3] [i-ii], Title page, verso "Printed by A. Neill & Co. | Edinburgh, 1808."; [iii], "Elements | Of | Geognosy. | Being Vol. III. and Part II. | Of The | System Of Mineralogy."; [iv], Blank.; [v], Dedication to Sir Joseph Banks, signed Robert Jameson, 15 January 1808.; [vi], Blank.; [vii], Preface.; [viii], Blank.; [ix]-xvi, "Contents."; [1]-367, Text.; 368, "Corrections And Additions."; [22 pgs], "Index | To The Three Volumes."; [1 pg], "Works Published By Mr. Jameson, ..."; [1 pg], Blank.

Very scarce. In the preface to this work, Jameson reviews the classifications of Cronstedt and Wallerius and introduces Werener's classification which he then adopts for the work. The first two volumes are a descriptive mineralogy, based upon Wernerian doctrines. The third volume, published in 1808, is subtitled "Elements of Geognosy" and comprised the first detailed explanation in English of Werner's geological theories and his classification of the rock strata.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 923. Dana's 7th (Bibliography): 74. Edinburgh Review: 5 (1808), 64. Sweet, J.M. and C.D. Waterston, "Robert Jameson's approach to the Wernerian theory of the earth, 1796", Annals of Science, 23, (1973), no. 2, 81-95.

6. English, 1816 [2nd edition].
A | System | of | Mineralogy. | [double rule] | By | Robert Jameson, | [... 10 lines of memberships and titles ...] | [double rule] | Second Edition. | [double rule] | Vol. I [-III]. | [tapered rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed by Neill & Company, | ForArchibald Constable and Company, Edinburgh; and | Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, London. | [rule] | 1816.

3 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: π5 b8 A-2K8 2L4; 284l.; [1]-8, [2], [i]-xix, [1], [1]-537, [1] p., plates I-V (folding).; [Vol 2] 8°: π3 a4 A-2G8 2H6; 259l.; [2], [i]-xiii, [1], [1]-489, [3] p., plates VI-VIII (folding).; [Vol 3] 8°: π3 a4 A-2P8; 310l.; [2], [i]-xii, [1]-599, [1], [1]-4, [2] p., plates IX-XIII (folding). Page size: 214 x 132 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [1]-8, "New Works | Preparing For Publication | ..."; [2 pgs], Blanks.; [i-ii], Half title page, verso blank.; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-viii, "Preface."-dated April 1816.; ix-xiv, "List | Of | Works."; [xv]-xix, "Table Of Contents | Of | Volume First."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-537, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], Plates I-V.

[Vol 2] [2 pgs], Blanks.; [i-ii], Half title page, verso blank.; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-xiii, "Table Of Contents | Of | Volume Second."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-489, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.; [2 pgs], "Works Published | By | ArchD. Constable & Co. Edinburgh."; [At end], Plates VI-VIII.

[Vol 3] [2 pgs], Blanks.; [i-ii], Half title page, verso blank.; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-xii, "Table Of Contents | Of | Volume Third."; [1]-572, Text.; [573]-581, "Indicies. | English Index."; [582], Blank.; 583-592, "German Index."; 593-599, "French Index."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-4, "...Supplement | to the | Fourth And Fifth Editions | Of The | Encyclopędia Britannica | ..."; [2 pgs], Blanks.; [At end], Plates IX-XIII.

Very scarce. Enlarged and corrected edition. The present work represents the sum of mineralogical knowledge extant in the early years of the 19th century. The first volume opens with a list of works consulted and is followed by a systematic description of species, according to classes, which continues into the second volume. Here it is followed by a series of appendices of additional species, additional British localities, and a tabular view of other systems of mineralogy, beginning with Linné 1736 and including all the important classification schemes to Jameson's day. The third volume is devoted to metallic minerals and closes with indices to all volumes in English, German, and French. The plates show various crystal forms.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 923. Dana's 7th (Bibliography): 74. Edinburgh Review: 5 (1808), 64.

7. English, 1820 [3rd edition].
A | System | of | Mineralogy, | in which | Minerals are Arranged According to | the Natural History method. | [double rule] | By | Robert Jameson, | [... 14 lines of memberships and titles ...] | [double rule] | Third Edition, Enlarged and Improved. | [double rule] | Vol. I [-III]. | Edinburgh: | Printed for Archibald Constable & Co. Edinburgh: | And Hurst, Robinson & Co. Cheapside, London. | [rule] | 1820.

3 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: π2 a-h8 i4 A-2B8 2C3; 273l.; [4], [i]-cxxxvi, [1]-405 p., plates I-IV; [Vol 2] 8°: π7 A-2Q8 2R4; 343l.; [iii]-xvi, [1]-632 p., plates V-VIII; [Vol 3] 8°: π7 A-2O8; 305l.; [iii]-xvi, [1]-596 p., plates IX-XII. Page size: 208 x 128 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [2 pgs], Title page, verso "P. Neill, Printer."; [1 pg], Dedication to Robert Ferguson.; [1 pg], Blank.; [i]-vi, "Preface."-dated November 1819.; [vii]-x, "General Contents | Of The Work."; xi-xvi, "List | Of | Works | Quoted in this Treatise, and the Abbreviated Titles employed."; [xviii]-lxxxvi, "Tabular View | Of | Systems | Of | Mineralogy, | Since the Publication of the Arrangement of | Linneaus, A.D. 1736."; [lxxxvii]-cxxx, "Characteristic Or Tabular View | Of The | Classes, Orders, Genera, And Species | Of The | Mineral System."; cxxxi-cxxxvi, "Table Of Contents | Of | Volume First."; [1]-405, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], Plates I-IV.

[Vol 2] [i-ii], Half title page, verso blank. [not seen in any copy examined].; [iii-iv], Title page, verso "P. Neill, Printer."; [v]-xvi, "Table Of Contents | Of | Volume Second."; [1]-632, Text.; [At end], Plates V-VIII.

[Vol 3] [i-ii], Half title page, verso blank. [not seen in any copy examined].; [iii-iv], Title page, verso "P. Neill, Printer."; [v]-xvi, "Table Of Contents | Of | Volume Third."; [1]-566, Text.; [567], "Indices."; [568], Blank.; [569]-580, "English Names."; 581-589, "German Index."; 590-596, "French Index."; [At end], Plates IX-XII.

Very scarce. Completely rewritten and revised to conform to Frederich Mohs natural history method of classification.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 923. Dana's 7th (Bibliography): 74. Edinburgh Review: 5 (1808), 64. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 267. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 1196.

Treatise on the External Characters, 1805

8. English, 1805 [First edition].
A | Treatise | On The | External Characters | Of | Minerals. | By | Robert Jameson, | [...7 lines of titles and memberships...] | [ornate rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed at the University Press, | For Bell & Bradfute, Guthrie & Tait, And W. Blackwood, | And | Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, London.

8°: π4 A-L4 (2 folding plates) A-D4; 48l.; [8], [1]-84, [1]-3, [1] p., 2 folding plates, [1]-32 p. Page size: 200 x 116 mm.

Contents: [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [1 pg], Advertisement, dated 20 November 1805.; [1 page], Blank.; [1 pg], Dedication to William Wright.; [2 pgs], "Tabular View | Of The | Generic External Characters | Of | Minerals."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-84, Text.; [1]-3, "Explanation of the Plates."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-32, "Tabular View | Of The | Different Generic and Subordinate Spe- | cial External Characters | Of | Minerals."

Very scarce. The text of Jameson is preceeded by Werner's "Tabular View of the Generic External Characters of Minerals," published separately in 1804. The publication year of the work is taken from the advertisement.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 923. Dana's 7th (Bibliography): 74. Edinburgh Review: 6 (1805), 228.

9. English, 1816 [2nd edition].
A | Treatise | on the | External, | Chemical, and Physical Characters | of | Minerals. | [double rule] | By Robert Jameson, | Regius Professor of Natural History, | and | Lecturer on Mineralogy in the University of Edinburgh, | &c. &c. &c. | [double rule] | Second Edition. | [double rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed by Neill & Company, | For Archibald Constable and Company, Edinburgh; and | Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, London. | [rule] | 1816.

8°: π5 A-2P4 2Q2; 160l.; [i]-xi, [1], [1]-307, [1] p., 7 folding plates of crystal drawings. Page size: 210 x 128 mm. Very scarce.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-vii, "Advertisement."; [viii], Blank.; [ix]-xi, "Contents."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-269, Text of external characters.; [270], Blank.; [271], Sectional title page, "Chemical Characters | Of | Minerals."; [272]-294, Text.; [295], Sectional title page, "Physical Characters | Of | Minerals."; [296], Blank.; 297-304, Text; 305-307, Publisher's list.; [1 pg], Blank.

Bibliographical references: Dana's 7th (Bibliography): 74. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 392.

10. English, 1817 [3rd edition].
A | Treatise | on the | External, | Chemical, and Physical Characters | of | Minerals. | [double rule] | By Robert Jameson, | [...12 lines of titles and memberships...] | [double rule] | Third Edition. | [double rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed by Neill & Company, | For Archibald Constable and Company, Edinburgh; and | Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, London. | [rule] | 1817.

8°: xv, 314, [2] p., frontispiece, 7 plates.

Very scarce. Gives external features of minerals, color, external optical effects, crystallography after Haüy, physical properties, chemistry, blowpiping, and more. The plates show crystal forms, some of Haüy's built-up models after his "molecule integrant," and various goniometers.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 923. Hoover Collection: no. 451.

Mineralogical Description, 1805

11. English, 1805.
A | Mineralogical Description | of the | County of Dumfries. | [double rule] | By Robert Jameson, | [...6 lines of memberships and titles...] | [ornate rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed at the University Press; | For Bell & Bradfute, and W. Blackwood; | and | Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, | London. | [double rule] | 1805.

8°: π4 b8 B-2A4 2B2 χ2; 107l.; [i]-xxi, [3], [1]-185, [1], [1]-2, [2] p., frontispiece (folding map of Dumries Shire by William Crawford), 4 plates (geological cross-sections). Page size: 226 x 142 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Half title page, "A | Mineralogical Description | of | Scotland. | Volume I | Part I. | County Of Dumfries," verso blank.; [Frontispiece].; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v], Dedication to A.G. Werner, signed Robert Jameson, 10 October 1804.; [vi], "Errata."; [vii]-ix, "Preface."; [x], Blank.; [xi]-xxi, "Introduciton."; [3 pgs], Blank.; [1]-185, Text.; [1 pg], "Errata."; [1]-2, "Explanation Of Plates."; [4 plates of geological cross-sections].; [1 pg], Advertisement.; [1 pg], Blank.

Very scarce. No more published. The first and only portion published of a proposed mineralogical description of Scotland, which the half title reflects, "A Mineralogical Description of Scotland. Vol. 1, part 1. County of Dumfries." It was not until Heddle published his masterwork on the mineralogy of Scotland that a comprehensive handbook existed to this area. Provides a Wernerian view in geological descriptions.

Bibliographical references: Edinburgh Review: 6 (1806), 228.

Manual of Mineralogy, 1821

12. English, 1821.
Manual | of | Mineralogy: | containing | an Account of Simple Minerals, | and also a | Description and Arrangement | of | Mountain Rocks. | [double rule] | By | Robert Jameson, | [... 16 lines of memberships and titles ...] | [double rule] | Edinburgh: | Printed for Archibald Constable & Co. Edinburgh; | An Hurst, Robinson & Co. London. | [rule] | 1821.

8°: π4 a-c8 d4 A-2H8; 280l.; [8], [i]-liv, [2], [1]-501 (i.e., 491), [5] p. Page 473 misnumbered 472. Page size: 210 x 126 mm.

Contents: [2 pgs], Half title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs], Title page, verso, "P. Neill, Printer."; [1 pg], Dedication to Thomas Mackenzie, signed Robert Jameson, 2 April 1821.; [1 pg], Blank.; [1 pg], "Corrigenda."; [1 pg], Blank.; [i]-xvii, "Introduction."; [xviii], Blank.; xix-xxiii, "...Characters of the Classes."; [xxiv], Blank.; xxv-liv, "Table Of Conents."; [1 pg], "System | Of | Mineralogy."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-307, Text.; [308], Blank.; [309], "Appendix | To The | System, | Containing | Descriptions of some Minerals, which do not | occur Regularly Crystallized, and of others whose | Specific Characters have not been completely de- | termined."; [310], Blank.; 311-334, Text of appendix.; [335]-466, "Description And Arrangement | Of | Mountain Rocks."; 467-470, "Descriptions Omitted."; [471], "Indices."; 472 (i.e., 473)-482, "Index | To The | Simple Minerals. | English Names."; 483-488, German And French Names."; 489-501 (i.e., 491), "Index | To The | Mountain Rocks."; [1 pg], Blank.; [4 pgs], Publisher's list.

Scarce. This Manual contains an account of simple minerals and mountain rocks. Jameson has extracted descriptions of the most common minerals and abstracted the information from the fuller treatment he provides in his three volume System of Mineralogy (London, 1820) to create the more concise treatment given in this work. The rocks are arranged according to their geological relations, and the descriptions and history are given in such a manner that the student will be able to determine the nature of the veins and strata of a country. The introduction begins with a sketch of Mohs classification system, and the basic characters used to distinguish between species. The text then presents a descriptive mineralogy arranged in the Classes and Orders of Mohs classificatory system. Also contained is a long section on the description and arrangement of mountain rocks. It is based on Mohs' classification system which first appeared in 1820.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 924. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 268. NUC. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 1203.

Mineralogy, 1837

13. English, 1837.
Mineralogy | according to the | Natural History System, | forming the Article under that head in the | seventh edition of the | Encyclopędia Britannica. | By Robert Jameson, F.R.SS.L. & E., M.W.S. | Regius Professor of Natural History, and Lecturer on | Mineralogy in the University of Edinburgh, | &c. &c. &c. | Edinburgh: | Adam and Charles Black, North Bridge, | Booksellers to his Majesty for Scotland. | [rule] | MDCCCXXXVII.

8°: π12 A-X8 Y4 Z6 2A4; 154l.; [i]-xxiv, [1]-283, [1] p., 4 folding plates (crystal drawings). Page size: 202 x 118 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Half title page, "Mineralogy | According To The | Natural History System," verso "Printed By Neill And Co., Old Fishmarket, | Edinburgh."; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-vi, Advertisement, dated 24 May 1837.; [vii]-viii, "Contents."; [ix]-xv, "Characters | Of The | Classes And Orders."; xvi-xxiv, "Tabular View | Of The | Classes, Orders, Genera, And Species."; [1]-272, Text.; [273, Sectional title page, "Index."; [274], Blank.; 275-283, Index text.; [1 pg], Blank.

Scarce. The text was originally printed in the supplement volume to the Encyclopaedia Britannica; however, it was printed in this separate form to make it more readily available for the use of the students of mineralogy. Although written for the beginner, it could also be consulted by more advanced mineralogists. Jameson bases his classification upon the system proposed by Friedrich Mohs, which was the reigning natural history method.

In the Characters of Minerals, all the typical physical properties such as cleavage, hardness, specific gravity, color, lustre, fracture, transparency, crystallization, etc. Jameson then presents his system of arrangement, and his method for determing the mode of a mineral, so that it could be placed correctly in the system. More than half of the volume is then given over to presenting a descriptive mineralogy arranged in the system.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 2, 924. NUC. Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976.

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