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 Mineralogische Belustigungen
MINERALOGISCHE BELUSTIGUNGEN.

MINERALOGISCHE BELUSTIGUNGEN.

1. German, 1768-71 [Periodical].
Mineralogische | Belustigungen, | zum Behuf | der | Chymie und Naturgeschichte | des Mineralreichs. | Erster Band. | [ornament] | [rule] | Leipzig, | bey Joh. Friedrich Heineck und Faber, | Buchhändler in Copenhagen. | 1768.

6 vols. [Vol 1: 1768] 8°: a6 b2 A-Ll8 Mm6; ??l.; [16], [1]-544, 12 p. (folding plate, p. 347). [Vol 2: 1768] 8°: *2 A-Ll8 Mm4 Nn4; ??l.; [4], [1]-547, [13] p. (folding plates, pp. 78, 418 and 448). [Vol 3: 1769] 8°: π2 A-Hh4; ??l.; [4], [1]-478, [10] p., 3 folding plates (at end). [Vol 4: 1769] 8°: *4 A-Ii8 Gg4 Hh3; ??l.; [8], [1]-470, [8] p. (folding plates, pp. 25, 43, 47, 194, 303 and 307). [Vol 5: 1770] 8°: *3 A-Hh8 Ii4 Kk3; ??l.; [6], [1]-504, [6] p., 4 folding plates (at end). [Vol 6: 1771] 8°: π4 A-Gg8 Hh-Ii4; ??l.; [8], [1]-486, [10] p. (folding plates, pp. 140, 206, 260, 310, 364 and 422).

Contents: [Vol 1] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [10 pgs], "Vorrede | des Herausgegebers."-dated Sept., 1767.; [4 pgs], "Inhalt."; [1]-544, Text.; [12 pgs], "Register."

[Vol 2] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs], "Inhalt."; [1]-547, Text.; [12 pgs], "Register."; [1 pg], Blank.

[Vol 3] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs], "Inhalt."; [1]-468, Text.; 469-478, "Erklärung der Kupfer."; [10 pgs], "Register."

[Vol 4] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [4 pgs], "Vorrede."; [2 pgs], "Inhalt."; [1]-470, Text.; [8 pgs], "Register."

[Vol 5] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [4 pgs], "Inhalt."; [1]-504, Text.; [6 pgs], "Register."

[Vol 6] [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [4 pgs], "Vorrede."; [2 pgs], "Innhalt."; [1]-486, Text.; [6 pgs], "Erstes Register."; [4 pgs], "Zweytes Register."

Rare. Edited by Johann Christoph Adelung [see note below], this "Mineralogical Amusements" is an early periodical devoted to mineralogical subjects. It was intended as a forum for the knowledgeable mineralogist and those that were interested in the subject. As such, the six volumes cover all aspects of mineralogical studies and include articles of amateur and scientific character, with papers authored by the great mineralogists of the day including Pott and Lehmann.

Johann Christoph Adelung. (Born: Spantekow, Pommern, Germany, 30 August 1734; Died: Dresden, Germany, 10 September 1806) German lexicographer & philologist. Adelung studied originally for theology, but found he was more attracted to literature and philology. He became professor at the Erfurt Gymnasium and later head of the library at Dresden; wrote, Versuch eines vollständigen Grammatisch-Kritischen Wörterbuches der Hochdeutschen Mundart (Berlin, 1774), a dictionary of German that was compared favorably to the dicitonary of Dr. Johnson. However, "Adelung's is superior ... in its definitions, and in all that relates to etymology" (Thomas).

Bibliographical references: Allgemeine Deutsche Bibliothek: 8, no. 1, 285. Alt. gel. Merc.: 1769, 322 and 386. Berlinische Sammlungen: 3, 641-2. BMC: 3, 1317. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 8. Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen: 1768, 414 & 1769, 192 and 1024 & 1770, 576. Halle gelehrte Zeitung: 1770, 521. Jenaische gelehrte Zeitungen: 1769, 106 and 547 & 1770, 795. Journal encyclopédique.: 8 (1769), 477 & 1 (1770), 312. Leipziger gelehrte Zeitung: 1768, 46. LKG: VI 43. Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 4504. Vogel's Neue Medicinische Bibliothek: 7, 277. (Adelung) ADB. DBA: I 6, 6-33. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition. Hamberger & Meusel, Gelehrte Teutschland, 1796-1834. NDB: 1, 63-5 [by O. Basler]. Poggendorff: 1, col. 12. Thomas, Dictionary of Biography, 1884: 54. WBI.

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