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John Mawe
MAWE, John.

MAWE, John.
(1764 - 1829)

(Born: Derbyshire, England, 1764; Died: London, England, 26 October 1829) English mining engineer, mineral dealer & mineralogist.

Mawe spent his early life at sea as a merchant marine, but gave the life up and began dealing in minerals. Mawe was commissioned to collect British minerals for the King of Portugal. At the invitation of the King he made an extensive tour of Brazil, but was for a short time imprisioned at Montevideo. After his death, his mineral business and stock were acquired by James Tennant. He was a member of the Geological Society of London and the Mineralogical Society of Jena.

Biographical references: Allibone, Dictionary of English Literature, 1859-71. Annual Register: 1829. BBA: I 754, 150-159. Biographie Universelle. Bull. Sci. et Geol., Paris [obituary]. DNB: 13, 110-1 [by B.B. Woodword]. Embry, P.G. and R.F. Symes, Minerals of Cornwall and Devon. London, British Museum (NH) and Mineralogical Record Inc., Tucson, Az., 1987. [1]-154 p. Anonymous, "The colourful career of John Mawe", The Gemm (or The Gemmologist), 23, (1954), no. 278, 157-62 & 24, (1955), no. 284, 49-50 [CHECK ON THIS!!!].. Poggendorff: 2, col. 89. Sarjeant, Geologists, 1980: 3, 1677-8. Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: 2, 682-6. Torrens, H.S., "The early life and geological work of John Mawe (1766-1829) and a note on his travels in Brazil", Bulletin of the Peak District Mines Historical Society, 11, (1993), no. 6, 267-71. Watt, Bibliotheca Britannica, 1824. WBI. Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 182.

Mineralogy of Derbyshire

1. English, 1802.
The | Mineralogy | Of | Derbyshire: | With | A Description Of The Most Interesting | Mines | In The | North of England, in Scotland, and in Wales; | And An Analysis Of Mr. William's Work, | Intitled "The Mineral Kingdom." | [tapered rule] | Subjoined Is | A Glossary of the Terms and Phrases used by | Miners In Derbyshire. | [rule] | By John Mawe. | [rule] | London: | Printed and Sold by William Phillips, George Yard, Lombard-Street; | Sold also by J. White Fleet-street, G. & W. Nunn, New Bend-street, | and by John Drury, in Derby. | 1802.

8°: xv, 211 p., 3 plates, one map.

Very scarce. The first book by this noted mineralogist. Mawe was commissioned by the King of Spain to make a survey of the Derbyshire mines in England, so that "an exact representation" of them, showing specimens from each stratum, etc., could be prepared for the King's natural history cabinet. The three plates show geological cross-sections, while the map is of Derbyshire and shows the locations of the various mines.

Variant issue, 1802: The Mineralogy and Geology of Derbyshire, describing the Productions of the Mines, and the Position of the Strata. To which is added a Description of the most interesting Mines in the North of England, Scotland, and Wales: and an analysis of Mr. William's Work, intitled The Mineral Kingdom. Subjoined is a Glossary of Terms and Phrases used by Miners. 8°: xv, 211 p., 3 plates, one map.

Extremely rare. This entry, taken from Quaritich Catalog no. 724 (1954), item 410, is "except for the title page, identical in all respects with the Mineralogy of Derbyshire (London, 1802)." Not seen and no copy traced.

Bibliographical references: BL [B.375.(2.)]. BMC: 3, 1271. LKG: XIV 450. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362816].

Catalogue

New Catalogue of Mineral Substances. 1804

2. English, 1804.
A New | Catalogue | Of | Mineral Substances. | The Arrangement and Classification after | Professor Werner's System, | To Which Is Added The | New Names from Professor Haüy. | [rule] | By John Mawe, | Author of the Mineralogy of Derbyshire, | No. 5, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London, | Where Collectors will find the largest Variety of | Minerals and Shells in Europe. | [rule] | Young, Printer, Brydges Street, Covent Garden. | [double rule] | 1804. London: Young, printer, 1804.

12°: [4] p., 1-34l., [2] p. Leaves of text numbered on the recto side only. Page size: 156 x 96 mm.

Contents: [2 pgs], Title page, verso "Advertisement."; [2 pgs], "Index."; l. 1-34, Text.; [1 pg], "Errata."; [1 pg], Blank.

Very rare. A catalog describing a portion of the 20,000 mineral specimens, Mawe claims to have for sale at his Covent Garden shop. Sources for the material is worldwide and includes Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, France, the East Indies, and Indonesia. The text of the catalog is divided by primary element including antimony, arsenic, barite, bismuth, boracite, cinnabar, cobalt, copper, diamond, galena, gold, iron, mercury, etc. It was issued immediately prior to Mawe leaving for an extended adventure in the Brazilian frontier.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362817]. Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 83-4,.

Travels in Brazil

Travels in the Interior of Brazil, 1812

3. English, 1812 [First edition].
Travels | In The | Interior Of Brazil, | Particularly In The | Gold And Diamond Districts | Of That Country, | By Authority Of The Prince Regent Of Portugal; | Including | A Voyage To The Rio De La Plata, | And An Historical Sketch Of The Revolution Of Buenos Ayres. | Illustrated With Engravings. | [double rule] | By John Mawe, | Author Of "The Mineralogy Of Derbyshire." | [double rule] | London: | Printed For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, | Paternoster-Row. | 1812.

4°: A-Z4 2A-2Z4 3A4; 188l.; [i]-vii, [1], [1]-366, [2] p., 9 plates (one colored). Page size: 266 x 202 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso "Strahan and Preston, | Printers-Street, London."; [iii]-iv, Dedication to the Prince Regent of Portugal, signed John Mawe.; [v]-viii, "Contents."; [1 page], Blank.; [1]-335, Text.; [336], Blank.; 337-364, "Appendix."; 365-366, "Explanation of the Plate of Crystals of Diamond, Topaz, and Tourmaline."; [1 pg], "Directions To The Binder."; [1 pg], "Mineralogy." [=advertisement for Mawe].

Very scarce. A popular account of the geography, people and geology of Brazil. At the request of the Portuguese sovereign, Mawe made a two year expedition into the Portuguese territory of Brazil. This is the first account, in English, of the mineral wealth of the region. The plates scattered throughout the volume picture diamonds and gold being mined, a map of Mawe's travels, and machinery for mining diamonds, crystal drawings of diamond, topaz and tourmaline, minerals collected by the author, and various snail shells.

Portuguese, 1944: Viagens ao interior do Brasil. John Mawe ... Rio de Janeiro, 1944. [BL shelfmark, W14/5964].

Bibliographical references: BL [982.i.24.]. BMC: 3, 1271. LKG: XIV 925*. Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 4270.

4. English, 1816 [American issue].
Travels | In The | Interior Of Brazil, | Particularly In | The Gold And Diamond Districts | Of That Country, | By Authority Of The Regent Of Portugal; | Including | A Voyage To The Rio De La Plata, | And An | Historical Sketch Of The Revolution Of Buenos Ayres. | Illustrated With Five Engravings. | [tapered rule] | By John Mawe, | Author Of "The Mineralogy Of Derbyshire." | [tapered rule] | Philadelphia, | Published By M. Carey, No. 121, Chestnut Street, | And Wells And Lilly, Boston. | 1816.

4°: π4 B-Aaa4; 188l.; [i]-vii, [8]-373, [3] p., frontispiece, 4 plates (pp. 145, 229, 284 and end). Page size: 215 x 130 mm. Very scarce.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-iv, Dedication to the Prince Regent of Portugal, signed John Mawe.; [v]-vii, "Contents."; [8], Blank.; [9]-344, Text.; [345]-373, "Appendix."; [2 pgs], "Explanation of the Plates of Crystals of Diamond, | Topaz, and Tourmaline."; [1 pg], Pasted on a slip of paper, "Directions to the Binder."

Bibliographical references: BL [10481.d.18.].

5. English, 1823 [2nd edition].
Travels | In The | Interior Of Brazil; | With Notices On Its | Climae, Agriculture, Commerce, Population, | Mines, Manners, And Customs: | And | A Particular Account | Of | The Gold And Diamond Districts. | Including | A Voyage To The Rio De La Plata. | By | John Mawe. | [double rule] | Second Edition. | [double rule] | Illustrated With Colored Plates. | [ornate rule] | London: | Printed For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, | Paternoster Row; | And Sold By The Author, 149, Strand. | 1823.

8°: viii, 493 p., 5 hand-colored plates, one map (showing the author's route).

Rare. This second edition, first issued in 1822 and again in 1823, was revised by Mawe from documents furnished by the Count de Funchal and A.F.J. Marreco.

Bibliographical references: BL [1050.i.4.]. BMC: 3, 1271. Kress Catalogue: C.924. LKG: XIV 925*. Sabin, Dictionary, 1868-1936: no. 46992.

6. English, 1825.
Travels in the Gold and Diamond Districts of Brazil. London, Printed for Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825.

8°: 7 plates (6 hand-colored).

Very scarce. "A New Edition."

Bibliographical references: Borba, Bibliographia Brasiliana, 1983. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 388. Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993 [no copy listed].

7. German, 1816 [German transl.].
Travels in the Interior of Brazil [German Translation.] Leipzig, 1816.

8°:

Very scarce. Translation by K.G. Kühn [????] of Travels in Brazil (1st ed., London, 1812).

Voyages dans l'Intérieur du Brésil, 1816

8. French, 1816 [French transl.].
Voyages | Dans L'Intérieur | Du Brésil, | Particulièrement | Dans Les Districts De L'Or Et Du Diamant, | Faites avec l'autorisation du Prince Régent de Portugal, | en 1809 et 1810. | Conenant Aussi Un Voyage Au Rio-De-La-Plata, | Et | Un Essai Historique Sur La Révolution de Buenos-Ayres. | Par Jean Mawe. | Traduits De L'Anglais | Par J.-B.-B. Eyriès. | Eurichis de Figures. | Tome Premier. | Paris, | Gide Fils, Libraire, | rue Saint-Marc-Feydeau, n° 20. | [wavy rule] | M. DCCC. XVI.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: π8 b8 c5 1-228 233; 200l.; [i]-xlij, [1]-358 p., frontispiece, one plate (folding). [Vol 2] 8°: π8 2-248; 192l.; [1]-381, [3] p., frontispiece. Page size: 202 x 120 mm. Very scarce.

Contents: [Vol 1] [Frontispiece].; [i-ii], Half title page, "Voyages | Dans L'Intérieur | Du Brésil," verso "A. Egron, Imprimeur."; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-xlij, "Discours Préliminaire."; [1]-356, Text.; [357]-358, "Table Des Chapitres."; [At end], One folding plate.

[Vol 2] [Frontispiece].; [1-2], Half title page, "Voyages | Dans L'Intérieur | Du Brésil," verso "A. Egron, Imprimeur."; [3-4], Title page, verso blank.; [5]-299, Text.; [300], Blank.; [301], "Description | Des | Iles Açores."; [302], Blank.; [303]-362, Text, by jean Gustave Hebbe.; [363]-381, "Table Des Chapitres."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1 pg], "Erratum."; [1 pg], Blank.

Bibliographical references: Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 384. Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 4273.

Viaggio Nell' Interno de Brasile, 1817

9. Italian, 1817 [Italian transl.].
Viaggio | Nell' Interno De Brasile | E Particolarmente | nei Distretti dell' Oro e dei Diamanti | Patto Nell 1809-10 | Con Permesso Speciale | del Principe Reggente del Portogallo | Da Gio. Mawe | Coll' Aggiunte Di Un' Appendice | Tradotto Dall' Englese | dall' Ab. Lorenzo Nesi | con tavole in rame colorate | [rule] | Tomo I [-II] | Milano | Dalla Tipografia Sonzogno e Comp. | 1817.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 12°: π11 1-1412; 179l.; [i]-xxi, [1], [1]-334, [2] p., 6 plates (4 hand-colored); [Vol 2] 12°: 1-1112 1213; 146l.; [1]-291, [1] p., 4 plates (2 hand-colored). Page size: 182 x 110 mm.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Half title page, "Raccolta | De' Viaggi," verso blank.; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v-vii], Dedication.; [viii], Blank.; ix-xxi, "Prefazione | Del Traduttore Italiano."; [1 pg], Blank.; 1-330, Text.; 331-334, "Indice | Delle Materie."; [1 pg], "Indice | Delle Tavole."; [1 pg], Blank.

[Vol 2] [1-2], Half title page, "Raccolta | De' Viaggi | ... | Tomo XL," verso blank.; [3-4], Title page, verso blank.; 5-289, Text.; 290-291, "Indice | Delle Materie."; [1 pg], "Indice | Delle Tavole."

Rare. First eyewitness account of the gold and diamond mines in Brazil. It was originally published in London, 1812, with the title Travels in the interior of Brazil.... This translation includes a plate which did not appear in the original or any other edition, depicting a woman of Sao Paulo in "clothes which do not appear to be a faithful reproduction" (Borba). Other plates show the washing of gold, a topez mine, machines used in mining, the appearance of goldor diamond-bearing ore, the crystalline structure of diamonds, topaz and tourmaline, and Brazilian shells. The author also included a map of his route from Rio de Janeiro to Canto-Gallo, Villa-Rica, and Tejuco. Borba mentions that the view of the mining camp at Jaragua is the first landscape known to show the interior of Sao Paulo.

Mawe seems to have spent many of his early years at sea. In the late 18th c. he collected minerals in England for the King of Spain. When war broke out between England and Spain in 1804, he was detained at Cadiz and then again at Montevideo. He was only released after Beresford captured Montevideo, and soon afterward began his journey to Rio de Janeiro and then into Minas Geraes. After his return to England in 1811, he opened a shop in the Strand and wrote books on mineralogy.

Bibliographical references: Borba, Bibliographia Brasiliana, 1983: 2, 542. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 385. Sabin, Dictionary, 1868-1936: no. 46994.

10. Swedish, 1819 [Swedish transl.].
Reiser | til | det Indre af Brasilien, | især til de derværende | Guld og Diamantdistricter, | foretagne | isølge Befaling | af | Prinds=Regenten af Portugal | ved | John Mave. | [tapered rule] | Samt | en | Reise til La Plata=Floden | med | historiske Beretninter | om den sidste Revolution i Buenos=Ayres. | [tapered rule] | Oversat | efter | Zimmermanns tydske, med oplysende Anmærk= | ninger forsynede Udgave, | ved | R.T. Bruun. | [tapered rule] | Første [-Anden] Deel. | [ornate rule] | Køjsbenhavn 1819. | Forlagt af Boghandler A. Goldin. | Trykt hos C. Græbe.

2 vols. [Vol 1] π5 A-P8; 125l.; [i]-x, [1]-240 p. [Vol 2] Q-Nn8 Oo4; 171l.; [241]-581, [1] p. Page size: 166 x 100 mm. Rare.

Contents: [Vol 1] [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-vi, "Den tydsk Udgivers Forerindring."-signed Zimmermann.; [vii]-x, "Indhold."; [1], Sectional title page, "Reise | til | det Indre af Brasilien."; [2], Blank.; [3]-240, Text.

[Vol 2] [241-242], Title page, verso blank.; [243]-581, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.

Bibliographical references: BL. NUC. Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993 [no copy listed].

Catalogue of Minerals

Catalogue of Minerals, 1815

11. English, 1815 [First edition].
A | Catalogue of Minerals, | Describing Their | General Characters, | For The | Use Of Learners, | Intended To Accompany Small Collections. | Sold By J. Mawe, No. 149, Strand; | Where Chemical Tests, Blow-Pipes, Boos, And Every Thing Relative | To Mineralogy May Be Purchased. | [tapered rule] | Diamonds And Precious Stones. | [short rule] | 1815.

8°: [i]-iv, [1]-?? Page size: 164 x 98 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; [iii]-iv, "Preface."; [1]-??, Text.

Very scarce. Always the businessman, Mawe knew that he had to increase his sale of mineral collections, he had to educate his customers about mineralogy. To facilitate this premise, he prepared several small works that explained basic terminology and concepts about mineralogy and geology. Mawe also offered classes in mineralogical science on the premises of his establishment in Soho. A Descriptive Catalogue of Minerals (1st ed., 1815) is one of these small texts. It begins by mentioning various collections of minerals for sale at Mawe's shop. The text then explains the use and technique of the blow-pipe as well as various termninology that the beginner will encounter. Concluding the introduction is a description of the lapidary's apparatus for creating gemstones. The main text is a descriptive catalog of various minerals species the collector can expect to encounter, and all presumably available for sale in Mawe's shop. Descriptions include localities, crystal forms, chemical makeup, etc. Appendicies list new mineral species and various types of rocks.

Bibliographical references: BL [7105.aa.37.]. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362799].

12. English, 1816 [2nd edition].
"A knowledge of our Subteraneous Wealth would be the means of furnishing greater Opulence | to this Country than the acquisition of the Mines of Mexico or Peru." | [double rule] | A | Descriptive Catalogue | of | Minerals, | Intended | For The Use Of Students; | By Which They May | Arrange The Specimens They Collect: | [double rule] | Also, The Catalogue Accompanying | Portable Collections. | Sold by J. Mawe, No. 119, Strand, | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | [double rule] | Second Edition. | [tapered rule] | To Which Is Added, | The Method Of Examining Minerals By The New | Invented Blow-Pipe; | And, | A Description Of The Lapidary's Apparatus, | Showing the Modes of cutting, polishing, slitting, and engraving | Precious Stones, Agates, Jasper, &c. | [tapered rule] | London: | Printed And Sold By The Author, | and by | Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, | Paternoster Row. | [rule] | MDCCCXVI.

8°: viii, *ix-*x, ix-xiv, 94, [6] p., frontispiece.

Very scarce. Second edition of Mawe's catalogue of minerals. Mawe was a practical mineralogist, who made a tour of most of the mines in England and Scotland, collecting minerals for the cabinet of the king of Spain. During an adventurous voyage to Spain and Montevideo, he was given special permission to visit the diamond mines of Minaes Geraes in Brazil. On his return to London, he he opened a mineralogical shop in the Strand.

Bibliographical references: BL [7104.aaa.29.]. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 383. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362800].

13. English, 1818 [3rd edition].
A New | Descriptive Catalogue | Of | Minerals, | Consisting Of | More Varieties Than Heretofore Published, | And Intended For | The Use of Students, | With Which They May | Arrange The Specimens They Collect | [double rule] | By J. Mawe, | [...5 lines of titles and memberships...] | [double rule] | Third Edition, | Entirely re-written, and generally following the System of Werner, | With An | Explanation Of Peculiar Phrases, | And A | Description Of The Blow-Pipe And Lapidaries' | Apparatus. | [tapered rule] | London: | Printed For And Sold By The Author, | 149, Strand; | And Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, | Paternoster-Row. | [short rule] | 1818.

8°: a6 b4 B-I6; 59l.; [i]-xix, [1], [1]-2, *2-*3, 3-96 p., frontispiece ("New invented Lapidaries apparatus for sitting & polishing."). Page size: 180 x 112 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso "Barnard And Farley | ..."; [iii]-vii, "Preface."; [viii], "Collections Of Minerals." [=collections for sale].; [ix]-x, "Explanation | Of The | Blow-Pipe."; [xi], "Explanation | Of | Terms and Peculiar Phrases."; xii, "The | Lapidaries' Apparatus."; [xiii]-xix, "Contents."; [1 pg], "Errata."; [1]-84, Text.; [85]-86, "Appendix. | Additional Species, | and | New Substances."; 87-96, "Rocks. | This Part Belongs To The Science Of Geology."

Scarce. Always the businessman, Mawe knew that he had to increase his sale of mineral collections, he had to teach his customers about mineralogy. In order to facilitate this premise, he prepared several small works that explained basic terminology and concepts about mineralogy and geology. Mawe also offered classes in mineralogical science on the premises of his establishment in Soho. A Descriptive Catalogue of Minerals (1st ed., 1815) is one of these small texts. It begins by mentioning various collections of minerals for sale at Mawe's shop. The text then explains the use and technique of the blow-pipe as well as various terminology that the beginner will encounter. Concluding the introduction is a description of the lapidary's apparatus for creating gemstones. The main text is a concise descriptive catalog of various minerals species the collector can expect to encounter, and all presumably available for sale in Mawe's shop. Descriptions include localities, crystal forms, chemical makeup, etc. Appendices list new mineral species and various types of rocks.

Bibliographical references: BL [973.a.25.]. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362818].

14. English, 1821 [4th edition, issue A].
New | Descriptive Catalogue | of | Minerals; | with | Diagrams Of Their Simple Forms: | Intended for the | Use Of Students, | in | The Classification Of Minerals, | And The | Arrangement of Collections. | [ornate rule] | By John Mawe. | [...5 lines of titles and memberships...] | The Fourth Edition. | Entirely re-written, and considerably enlarged. | [ornate rule] | London: | Printed For And Sold By The Author, 149, Strand; And Longman, | Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row. | 1821.

8°: π9 b2 B-M8 N2; 100l.; [i]-xx, [1]-178, 2 p. Very scarce.

Contents: [i-ii], Half title page, "Descriptive Catalogue.," verso blank.; [iii-iv], Title page, verso "[tapered rule] | W. M\^cDowall, Printer, Pemberton Row, | Gough Square."; [v]-vii, "Preface."; [ix]-xiv, "Simple Forms."; [xv]-xviii, "A | Vocabulary, | containing | an explanation of the terms commonly used | in mineralogy."; [xix]-xx, "Contents."; [1]-160, Text.; [161]-166, "Appendix."; [167]-178, "Index."; [2 pgs], Author's list of books in print.

Bibliographical references: BL [972.e.35.]. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362819].

15. English, 1823 [4th edition, issue B].
New | Descriptive Catalogue | of | Minerals; | with | Diagrams Of Their Simple Forms: | Intended for the | Use Of Students, | in | The Classification Of Minerals, | And The | Arrangement of Collections. | [ornate rule] | By John Mawe. | [...5 lines of titles and memberships...] | The Fourth Edition. | Entirely re-written, and considerably enlarged. | [ornate rule] | London: | Printed For And Sold By The Author, 149, Strand; And Longman, | Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row. | 1823.

8°: π9 b2 B-M8 N2; 100l.; [i]-xx, [1]-178, 2 p. Very scarce.

Contents: [i-ii], Half title page, "Descriptive Catalogue.," verso blank.; [iii-iv], Title page, verso "[taperedrule] | W. M\^cDowall, Printer, Pemberton Row, | Gough Square."; [v]-vii, "Preface."; [ix]-xiv, "Simple Forms."; [xv]-xviii, "A | Vocabulary, | containing | an explanation of the terms commonly used | in mineralogy."; [xix]-xx, "Contents."; [1]-160, Text.; [161]-166, "Appendix."; [167]-178, "Index."; [2 pgs], Author's list of books in print.

Bibliographical references: BMC: 3, 1271. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362820].

16. English, 1825 [5th edition].
... A New Descriptive Catalogue of Minerals ... intended for the use of Students ... Fifth edition. ... London: Printed and sold by the Author, and by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1825.

8°: 178 p. Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362821].

17. English, 1827 [7th edition].
New Descriptive Catalogue of Minerals; with Diagrams of their Simple Forms: intended for the use of Students, in the Classification of Minerals, and the Arrangement of Collections. By John Mawe ... Eighth edition. London: The Author, etc., 1827.

12°: xii, 180 p., diagrs. Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362823].

Familiar Lessons

Familiar Lessons, 1819

18. English, 1819 [First edition].
Familiar Lessons | On | Mineralogy And Geology; | Explaining | The Easiest Methods Of Discriminating | Minerals, | And | The Earthy Substances, Commonly Called | Rocks, | Which Compose The Primitive, Secondary, Floetz Or Flat, | And Alluvial Formations; | To which is added, | a Description of the Lapidaries' Apparatus, &c. | [tapered rule] | With | Engravings And Coloured Plate. | [double rule] | By J. Mawe, | Author of the New Descriptive Catalogue of Minerals, &c. &c. | [double rule] | London: | Printed For, And Sold By, The Author, 149, Strand; | And For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, | Paternoster-Row. | [rule] | 1819.

12°: a4 B-G6 H4; 44l.; [i]-viii, [1]-78, [2] p., frontispiece (colored), 2 plates. Page size: 166 x 100 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso "Bornard And Farley | Skinner Street, London."; [iii]-vi, "Preface."; [vii]-viii, "Contents."; [1]-78, Text.; [1 pg], "Errata."; [1 pg], Blank.

Plates: The hand-colored frontispiece shows two scenes. 1. Raked from the rivulet for gold and diamonds. 2. Section of the strata at matlock high Tor. Derbyshire. The two engraved plates show Primitive Rocks (p. 41) and Portable Lapidaries' Apparatus (p. 73).

Rare. An introductory work for used by the beginning mineralogist to explain terms and introduce concepts of mineralogy. Mawe first published this very popular work in 1819, and continued to revise and reissue it through 1830 and twelve editions. The basic format of the work changed little over the period, however. It is a wonderful work, written from the viewpoint of practical experience, and includes basic observations on minerals, gems, geology and the lapidary craft. The colored plate of minerals shows 22 finely executed renderings of various mineral species. The text was only marginally changed through the subsequent editions [which see below].

Bibliographical references: BL [973.b.38.]. BMC: 3, 1271 [wanting]. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362801].

19. English, 1820 [2nd edition].
Familiar Lessons | On | Mineralogy And Geology; | Explaining | The Easiest Methods Of Discriminating | Minerals, | And | The Earthy Substances, Generally Called | Rocks, | Which Compose The Primitive, Secondary, Floetz Or Flat, | And Alluvial Formations: | To which is added, | A Description of the Lapidaries' Apparatus, &c. | [tapered rule] | With | Engravings And Coloured Plates. | [double rule] | By J. Mawe, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [double rule] | Second Edition. | [tapered rule] | London: | Printed For, And Sold By, The Author, 149 Strand; | And For Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, | Paternoster-Row. | [short rule] | 1820.

12°: [i]-vi, [2], [1]-96 p., 3 plates (2 hand-colored). Page size: 176 x 102 mm. Rare.

Contents: [Frontispiece].; [i-ii], Title page, verso "Barnard And Farley, | Skinner Street, London."; [iii]-vi, "Preface."; [2 pgs], "Description and Explanation | Of The | Coloured Plate Of Minerals."; [1]-76, Text.; 77-78, "Description | Of | Coloured Plate."; 79-87, Text.; [88]-94, "Description | Of The | Portable Lapidaries' Apparatus."; [95]-96, "Index."

Bibliographical references: BL [973.b.39.]. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362802].

20. English, 1821 [3rd edition].
Familiar Lessons | On | Mineralogy And Geology; | Explaining | The Easiest Methods Of Discriminating | Metals, Earths, And Rocks, | With Coloured Plates. | To which is added, | A Practical Description Of the Use Of The | Lapidaries' Apparatus, | Shewing And Describing The Method Of Cuting, Slitting, And | Polishing, | Precious Stones, Pebbles, Agates, &c. | [wavy rule] | [...2 lines of quotation...] | [wavy rule] | By J. Mawe, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [tapered rule] | Third Edition. | [tapered rule] | London: | Printed For, And Sold By, The Author, 149, Strand; | And For Longman, Hurst, Ress, Orme, And Brown, | Paternoster-Row. | [rule] | 1821.

8°: viii, 106 p., 4 hand-colored plates. Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: BL [7105.aa.38.]. BMC: 3, 1271. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362803].

21. English, 1822 [4th edition].
Familiar Lessons | On | Mineralogy And Geology: | With | Colored Plates. | To which is added, | A Practical Description Of The Use Of | The | Lapidary's Apparatus, | Explaining the Methods of slitting and polishing Pebbles, &c. | By J. Mawe, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [double rule] | Whose hand unseen the works of nature dooms, | By laws unknown! Who Gives And Who Resumes. | [double rule] | Fourth Edition. | [ornate rule] | London: | Printed For And Sold By The Author, 149 Strand; And Longman, | Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, Paternoster-Row. | 1822.

12°: π4 B-H8; 60l.; [i]-vii, [1], [1]-108, [1]-iii, [1] p., 4 hand-colored plates. Page size: 176 x 104 mm. Very scarce.

Contents: [i-ii], [Half title page, verso blank, missing from copy examined].; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-vii, "Preface."; [1], "Description And Explanation | Of The | Colored Plate Of Minerals."; [1]-52, Text of lessons in mineralogy.; 53-95, Text of lessons in geology.; 96-97, "...Classification Of Metals."; 98-99, "Description | Of | Colored Plate. | See Frontispiece."; 100-101, "Description | Of | Colored Plate. | See Frontispiece."; 102-108, "Description | Of The | Lapidarys Apparatus, | And | Instructions For Using It."; [i]-iii, "Index."; [1 pg], Publisher's list.

Plates: Frontispiece shows a Brazilian miner washing the alluvial gravels and a view near Matlock, Derbyshire. Plate 2 shows 22 hand-colored figures of mineral specimens. Plate "A" shows 3 scenes and cross-sections. Plate 4 shows lapidary apparatus.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362804 & NM 0362805].

22. English, 1823 [5th edition].
Familiar Lessons | On | Mineralogy And Geology: | With | Colored Plates. | To which is added, | A Practical Description Of The Use Of | The | Lapidary's Apparatus, | Explaining the Methods of slitting and polishing Pebbles, &c. | By J. Mawe, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [double rule] | Whose hand unseen the works of nature dooms, | By laws unknown! Who Gives And Who Resumes. | [double rule] | Fifth Edition. | [ornate rule] | London: | Printed For And Sold By The Author, 149 Strand; And Longman, | Hurst, Rees, Orme, And Brown, Paternoster-Row. | 1823.

8°: [i]-vii, [2], [1]-111, [1] p., frontispiece, one plate. Page 110 misnumbered "ii." Page size: 175 x 108 mm. Very scarce.

Contents: [i-ii], Half title page, "Lessons On Mineralogy," verso "W. McDowall, Printer, Pemberton Row, Gough Square."; [Frontispiece].; [iii-iv], Title page, verso blank.; [v]-vii, "Preface."; [1], "Description and Explanation | Of The | Colored Plate Of Minerals."; [1]-97, Text.; 98-101, "Description | Of | Colored Plate. | See Frontispiece."; 102-108, "Description | Of The | Lapidary's Apparatus, | And | Illustrations For Using It." [=description of plate, page 102].; [109]-111, "Index."; [1 pg], Publisher's list.

Bibliographical references: BL [C.194.a.125.].

23. English, 1824 [6th edition].
Familiar Lessons on Mineralogy and Geology ... To which is added a Practical Description of the Use of Lapidary's Apparatus, explaining the methods of slitting and polishing pebbles, &c. ... Sixth edition. London: The Author and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1824.

12°: vii, 108, iii p., plates (some colored). Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362806].

24. English, 1825 [7th edition].
Familiar Lessons on Mineralogy and Geology ... To which is added a Practical Description of the Use of Lapidary's Apparatus, explaining the methods of slitting and polishing pebbles, &c. ... Seventh edition. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, and J. Mawe, 1825.

12°: vii, 110 p., plates (some colored). Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: BL [7112.a.12.]. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362807].

25. English, 1826 [8th edition].
Familiar Lessons on Mineralogy and Geology ... To which is added a Practical Description of the Use of Lapidary's Apparatus, explaining the methods of slitting and polishing pebbles, &c. ... Eighth edition. London, 1826.

12°: vii, 110 p., plates (some colored). Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362808].

26. English, 1828 [9th edition].
Familiar | Lessons | On | Mineralogy And Geology: | With | Colored Plates. | To which is added | A Practical Description Of The Use Of | The | Lapidary's Apparatus, | Explaining the Methods of slitting and polishing Pebbles, &c. | By J. Mawe, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [short rule] | Whose hand unseen the works of nature dooms, | By laws unknown! Who Gives And Who Resumes. | [short rule] | Ninth Edition. | [tapered rule] | London. | Published By Longman, Rees, Orme, Browne, And Green, | Paternoster-Row. | And By J. Mawe, No. 149, Strand. | [short rule] | 1828.

8°: π6 B-F12; 66l.; [i]-ix, [3], [1]-116, [4] p., frontispiece (colored), 4 plates. Page size: 166 x 105 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso "London: | W. McDowall, Printer, Pemberton-Row, Gough-Square."; [iii]-ix, "Preface."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1 pg], "Description And Explanation | Of The | Colored Plate Of Minerals."; [1 pg], "Explanation Of Plate (A). | (To face p. 106) ..."; [1]-98, Text.; 99-100, "Description Of Colored Plate."; 101-103, "Description Of The Lapidary's Apparatus."; [114]-116, "Index."; [4 pgs], Advertisements.

Very scarce. The text is written as a series of lessons. I-IV (pp. 1-52) cover mineralogy and V-VIII (pp. 53-98) are on geology.

Bibliographical references: BL [7108.a.26.]. NUC [no copy listed].

27. English, 1828 [10th edition].
Familiar Lessons on Mineralogy and Geology ... Tenth edition. London, 1828.

12°: [12], 116, [4] p., 5 plates (4 hand-colored). Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: BL [970.i.29.].

28. English, 1829 [11th edition].
Familiar Lessons on Mineralogy and Geology ... To which is added a Practical Description of the Use of Lapidary's Apparatus, explaining the methods of slitting and polishing pebbles, &c. ... Eleventh edition. London, 1829.

12°: 116 p., plates (some colored). Very scarce.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362809].

29. English, 1830 [12th edition].
Familiar | Lessons | On | Mineralogy And Geology: | With | Colored Plates. | To which is added | A Practical Description Of The Use Of | The | Lapidary's Apparatus, | Explaining the Methods of slitting and polishing Pebbles, &c. | By J. Mawe, | [...3 lines of titles and memberships...] | [short rule] | Whose hand unseen the works of nature dooms, | By laws unknown! Who Gives And Who Resumes. | [short rule] | Twelfth Edition. | [tapered rule] | London. | Published By Longman, Rees, Orme, Browne, And Green, | Paternoster-Row. | And By J. Mawe, No. 149, Strand. | [short rule] | 1830.

12°: [i]-ix, [2], [1]-116, [4] p., frontispiece (hand-colored), 2 plates (one hand-colored). Page size: 174 x 116 mm. Very scarce.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso "London: | W. McDowall, Printer, Pemberton-Row, Gough-Square."; [iii]-ix, "Preface."; [1 pg], "Description And Explanation | Of The | Colored Plate Of Minerals."; [1 pg], "Explanation Of Plate (A). | (To face p. 106) ..."; [1]-113, Text.; [114]-116, "Index."; [2 pgs], "List Of Useful Articles | Composing | A Chemical Apparatus | For The Analysis And Examination Of Minerals."; [2 pgs], "Works Published By Messrs. Longman & Co., Paternoster Row | ..."

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362810].

Blowpipes

30. English, 1820 [First edition].
Instructions for the Management of the Blow-Pipe and Chemical Tests, intended to Accompany Lessons on Mineralogy. London, 1820.

12°: 47 p. Rare.

Bibliographical references: NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362812].

31. English, 1822 [3rd edition].
Instructions for the Management of the Blow-Pipe and Chemical Tests, intended to Accompany the Familiar Lessons on Mineralogy and Geology. Third edition with additions and observations dervived from the recent publication of Professor Berzelius. London, Printed for and sold by the Author and by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1822.

12°: 71 p., plates (some colored?). Rare.

Bibliographical references: BL [1825 ed.]. NUC: 371, 133-6 [NM 0362813].

32. English, 1825 [4th edition].
Instructions for the use of the blow-pipe, and chemical tests with additions and observations derived from the recent publication of Professor Berzelius by J. Mawe. Fourth edition. London, Printed for and sold by the author; and by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1825.

12°: [i]-vii, [1], [1]-66 p., color plate. Rare.

Bibliographical references: BL [8909.a.17.].

33. English, 1827.
Description of the lapidary's portable apparatus, for cutting, slitting, and polishing crystal, jasper, agate, chalcedony, and precious stones:. written expressly for amateur lapidaries. By J. Mawe, ... London, Printed by W. M'Dowall, 1827.

12°: [4], 16, [2] p, [2]leaves of plates. ill. One of the plates is coloured by hand

Very scarce. Notes: With [2]p of advertisements for books published by Messrs. Longman & Co. Paternoster Row and by theauthor, J. Mawe, 149, Strand at end of text

Bibliographical references: BL [RB.23.a.23822].

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