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Jacob von Melle
MELLE (Mellenius), Jacob von.

MELLE (Mellenius), Jacob von.
(1659 - 1743)

(Born: Lübeck, Germany, 17 June 1659; Died: Lübeck, Germany, 21 June 1743) German theologian, numismatist & historian.

Melle was Deacon (1684), Pastor (1706) and Senior (1719) at Lübeck. He authored many papers on archaeology.

Biographical references: ADB. Biographie Universelle. DBA: I 824, 378-402; II 874, 126. Jöcher, Gelehrten-Lexikon, 1750-51. Lambrecht & Quenstedt, Catalogus, 1938: 288. Nouvelle Biographie Générale (Hoefer). Poggendorff: 2, col. 112. WBI.

1. Latin, 1718.
De Echinitis Wagricis Epistola. Lubecae, 1718.

8°: Very rare.

Bibliographical references: Hoover Collection: no. 575. LKG: XVII 128. Schröter's Journal für die Literatur: 4 (1774), 153.

De Lapidibvs Figvratis, 1720

2. Latin, 1720.
[In red:] Iacobi A Melle | [in black:] De | [in red:] Lapidibvs | Figvratis | [in black:] Agri Litorisque | [in red:] Lvbecensis, | [in black:] Ad V. Cl. | [in red:] Iosephum Monti, | [in black:] Bononiensem, | Commentatio Epistolica. | [rule] | \char05ANTA E\char05H\char03\char10\char02H\char06AN \char05A\char03AI. | Xenophanes, in Philos. Orig. c. xiv. | [rule] | [in red:] Lvbecae, | [in black:] Typis Strvckianis, MDCCXX.

4°: A-E4 F2; 22l.; [1]-44 p., 4 plates. Head- and tailpieces. Page size: 220 x 160 mm.

Contents: [1], Title page.; [2], "Clarissimo Amplissimoque | Viro, | Iosepo Monti, | In alma Studiorum Matre | Bononia | Rervm Natvralivm | Indagatori solertissimo, | Iacobvs a Melle | Felicitatem!"; [3]-44, Text.; [At end], 4 plates.

Rare. This work describes the figured stones and petrifications originally found near Lübeck, Germany and contained in Melle's collection. The text is in an alphabetical listing of the specimens together with commentary. Melle references many contemporary works, comparing and contrasting their theories with his own. His collection was further described in Brückmann's Epsitolæ Itinerariæ, 1, nos. 31, 65 & 100.

Bibliographical references: Gatterer, Mineralogischen Literatur, 1798-9: 1, 130. Hoover Collection: no. 576. LKG: XIV 142. Range, P., "Zwei paläontologische Arbeiten aus dem Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts", Zeitschrift der Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft, 85, (1933), 684-7, 2 plates. Schröter's Journal für die Literatur: 4 (1774), 150-3. Ward & Carozzi, Geology Emerging, 1984: no. 1536.

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