Gemmarum et lapidum historia, quam olim edidit Anselmus Boetius de Boot Brugensis, Rudolphi II. Imperatoris medicus. Nunc vero recensuit, à mendis repurgavit, commentariis, & pluribus, melioribusque figuris illustravit & multo locupletiore indice auxit, Adrianus Toll Lugd. Bat. M. D.
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Lugdunum Batavorum, Joannis Maire, 1636. Two parts in one. Small 8vo (17.0 x 10.7 cm). Title page with wood-engraved vignette; [vi], 576 pp., [xxi] pp., two folded wood-engraved tables and numerous woodcuts in the text (among which the famous full page: "de Crystallo et pseudo Adamante". Contemporary vellum with manuscript title on the spine. Second edition of De Boodt's fundamental manual on mineralogy and gemology, first published in Hanau (Germany), in 1609. De Boodt (1550-1632) was court physician to Rudolf II of Bohemia. He was the first to attempt a systematic description of minerals, noting the crystalline form, hardness, optical properties and combustibility. "In his work Boodt... enumerated 600 minerals that he knows from personal observation, and describes their properties, values, imitations and medical applications. There are also tables of values of diamonds according to their size and a short description of the polishing of precious stones" (DSB). This edition, published shortly after De Boodt's death, was edited and corrected by the Leiden medical doctor, Adriaan Toll. The woodcuts illustrate crystals, gemstones, fossils and a variety of jeweller's cutting and polishing equipment. A third edition, also edited by Toll, was published in Leiden in 1647. In the titel, the word "Gemmarum" is spelled "Gemmarvm" with a "v", whereas "lapidum" is spelled with a "u". Small water stain in right top corner of first 100 pages, slight age toning, otherwise a handsome, clean copy. DSB II, pp. 292-293; Sinkankas, 778; Ward and Carozzi, 252. De Boodt's fundamental manual on mineralogy and gemmology