The Mustertafeln still stands as a rare and interesting milestone in the history of colorplate mineralogies.
In 1797 Lenz joined with 18 other founding members to create the "Societat fur die gesammte Mineralogie zu Jena," the first scientific society in history to be devoted exclusively to mineralogy.
The terminology which has been devised for the description of external characteristics can be found not only in Werner's Von den ausserlichen Kennzeichen der Fossilien (Leipzig, 1774), but also (alphabetically arranged) in my Mineralogisches Handbuch (Hildburghausen, 1791), my Grundriss der Mineralogie (Hildburghausen, 1793) and my Vollstandigen Handbuche der Mineralogie nach den neuesten Grundsatzen, which is scheduled to come out this Easter in two volumes.
A list of "real" specimens to document localities is missing in most topographical mineralogies but is extremely useful to the researcher.
It is one of the best topographical mineralogies in existence, and I heartily recommend it to any mineral collector.
It naturally includes many mineralogies but lists only works in English.
See the essay by Jameson on the early history of systematic mineralogies in this issue.
4) Illustrated mineralogies are a pleasure to collect for the pure joy of viewing the mineral plates.
The following annotated chronological bibliography, adapted in part from Robert Hazen's 1984 article, "Mineralogy: a historical review" (Journal of Geological Education, 32, 288-298) and Curtis Schuh's Bio-Bibliography of Mineralogy and Crystallography (1993), supplemented by works in the Mineralogical Record Library, covers some of these subsequent mineralogies which the book collector and student of history should know about.
Since that period he has extended his investigations to the greater number of simple minerals; and in 1801 he published the result of his very laborious and ingenious observations and speculations in a work entitled Traite de Mineralogie.
In 1800 Brunner published a treatise entitled Versuch eines Newen Systems der Mineralogie, &c.
The two Sowerby mineralogies discussed here are very high on most mineral-book collectors' lists of desiderata, but with perhaps fewer than one hundred (I know of only 50 so far) surviving complete copies of British Mineralogy and far fewer (I know of only 24) of Exotic Mineralogy, only the most affluent, and in the case of the latter title, the most diligent, collectors will be able to add these works to their libraries.
Both the British and Exotic mineralogies were published originally in "parts" or periodical issues, and were sold by subscription.
I am compiling a census of all extant copies of Sowerby's British and Exotic Mineralogies and would appreciate hearing from any reader who has copies of either of these works, or who knows of copies that are privately or institutionally owned (complete or not).
Currently the Mineralogical Record Library consists of about 2,500 volumes, grouped according to the following subjects or specialties: (I) Mineralogy (ancient, medieval, early and modern mineralogies
, illustrated mineralogies
, regional and topographical mineralogies
, determinative mineralogies
, mineralogical journals, and mineralogical glossaries, lexicons and encyclopedias), (II) History (History of mineralogy, mining, collecting, and general science, mineralogical biographies, travels and memoirs), (III) Collecting (Mineral collecting, mineral collection catalogs, museum catalogs, museology, bibliology and book collecting, and mining and scientific collectibles), (IV) Geology subfields (general and regional geology, economic geology, crystallography, gemology, etc.