A treatise on gems, in reference to their practical and scientific value. Lewis FEUCHTWANGER.
A treatise on gems, in reference to their practical and scientific value
A treatise on gems, in reference to their practical and scientific value

A treatise on gems, in reference to their practical and scientific value

New York: A. Hanford, 1838. 8vo. in 4’s. 178, [2] pp. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE. Complete with leaf entitled Notices from Periodicals bound in before the title, appendix, detailed table of contents, the two pages of advertisements, and several text diagrams. Original cloth, front cover stamped in gilt, rebacked; interior excellent. Presentation copy from the author to Doctor Truman Stillman, possibly the New Orleans physician known for creating Temperance Bitters as well as sarsparilla and tomato bitters, as well as the small ownership stamp of E. McIlhenny (1872-1849) of New Iberia, Louisiana, the famous founder of the company to first produce tabasco. Item #17461

First edition, extremely rare first issue of the first treatise on gemstones published in the United States. A new edition was printed later the same year with the author’s name misspelled on the copyright page and less text. This pioneer work treats chemistry, geological and geographical distribution, nomenclature, lore, processing of gemstones for gem trade, as well as use of gemstones in optics. Feuchtwanger deals with individual gemstones, and their cutting and cleaning, as well as the manufacture of synthetic stones. Also included is an appendix on pearls and coral. Of special significance here is the first adequate record of native American precious stones and their localities.

Feuchtwanger (1805-1876) was apparently a recent immigrant to the United States when writing the present treatise. He specialized in the manufacture of German silver and chemicals for laboratory use. This work was widely used as a reference until superseded by Kunz’s treatise in 1890. James Renwick, professor of chemistry and physics at Columbia College, commends the work as eminently useful.

Price: $2,500.00

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