The Mirror of Stones: in which the Nature, Generation, Properties, Virtues and various Species of more than 200 different Jewels, precious and rare stones, are distinctly described. Now first translated into English.
London: for J. Freeman, 1750.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002635
8vo (174 x 109 mm). xiv, 15-240 pp. Contemporary sheep, rebacked, spine with 5 raised bands, lettered and decorated in gilt (boards rubbed, extremities worn, corners heavily scuffed). Text lightly browned throughout (title-page a bit stronger in outer margins), occasional minor spotting, title-leaf repaired at gutter, first flyleaf detached, small hole to A8 and I5 affecting one letter on p.218, A1-3 and leaves of final gathering conjoined at inner margin, partially torn crease in C2 without loss. Provenance: Andrew Pringle* (signature at head of title). Still good copy with ample margins. ----
Duveen, p.352; Wheeler 83a. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of a famous work on gemstones first published in 1502 as Speculum lapidum by Cesare Borgia's physician. * Andrew Pringle (d.1776, Lord Alemoor), Scottish judge, Solicitor General for Scotland 1755-59, and owner of a large library.
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