A TREATISE ON GEMS, IN REFERENCE TO THEIR PRACTICAL AND SCIENTIFIC VALUE; A USEFUL GUIDE FOR THE JEWELLER, AMATEUR, ARTIST, LAPIDARY, MINERALOGIST, AND CHEMIST. ACCOMPANIED BY A DESCRIPTION OF THE MOST INTERESTING AMERICAN GEMS, AND ORNAMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS. Lewis Feuchtwanger.
A TREATISE ON GEMS, IN REFERENCE TO THEIR PRACTICAL AND SCIENTIFIC VALUE; A USEFUL GUIDE FOR THE JEWELLER, AMATEUR, ARTIST, LAPIDARY, MINERALOGIST, AND CHEMIST. ACCOMPANIED BY A DESCRIPTION OF THE MOST INTERESTING AMERICAN GEMS, AND ORNAMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS.

A TREATISE ON GEMS, IN REFERENCE TO THEIR PRACTICAL AND SCIENTIFIC VALUE; A USEFUL GUIDE FOR THE JEWELLER, AMATEUR, ARTIST, LAPIDARY, MINERALOGIST, AND CHEMIST. ACCOMPANIED BY A DESCRIPTION OF THE MOST INTERESTING AMERICAN GEMS, AND ORNAMENTAL AND ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS.

New York: A. Hanford, 1838. First edition, second state. 8vo, original black embossed decorative cloth; professionally rebacked with original printed spine label noting “New Edition” laid down and with original endpapers. 162, (4) pages; text illustrations. Foxed, as usual. 1850-dated ownership inscription. Very good or better. Item #5742

Sinkankas, Gemology: An Annotated Bibliography, No. 2082: “The first monograph on gemstones published in the United States and an excellent one at that.” Published the same year as the first state of the first edition, this printing was entirely reset and could be considered a new edition (though the author called his 1859 edition the second edition and his 1867 edition the third). Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger (1807–1876) is best known to numismatists for his one- and three-cent tokens struck in “Feuchtwanger’s Composition.” This is a rare volume, wholly absent from OCLC’s WorldCat. The rebacking of this copy was very well done. Ex Q. David Bowers Library.

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