Johann Gottlob von Kurr (1798-1870) published Das Mineralreich in Bildern as a professor of mineralogy and botany at the Stuttgart Polytechnic Institute in 1858. Digitized in entirety, this first edition English translation of the German Das Mineralreich in Bildern consists of two sections. The first is an introduction including topics such as the formation of crystals and chemical reactions of crystals. Of particular note is a five-page table of the chemical elements (pp. 7-11), consisting of two parts: I. Metalloids, nonmetallic elements; and II. Metals. The second section is devoted to the description of various mineral groups including precious stones, hornblende and augitic minerals, felspathic minerals, micaceous minerals, zeolitic minerals, calcareous minerals, and various salts and compounds. The final pages of the book contain twenty-four lithograph plates depicting crystalline structures and mineral forms. The plates are hand-colored, using metallic finishes to create a lustrous effect.
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