London: W. Bulmer, 1797. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good Condition. Item #019682
Part I only; Part II was published in 1802 and is not present here. [iv], 56 pages of text, [ii]. Complete with 33 plates of minerals, 29 of which are hand-colored, illustrating upwards of 194 specimens. Measures 307 x 240mm (over 12 inches x almost 9.5 inches). Rebound in maroon simulated leather and marbled paper-covered boards. The bottom corner of each page has a small repair replacing a small part of the corner, affecting the margin only. First edition of Part I of one of the most attractive mineral books published, with exceptional aquatint plates by Bulmer. Philip Rashleigh (1729-1811) lived at Menabilly near Fowey, Cornwall. "Through purchase, exchange and his own collecting he formed one of the most outstanding early collections of minerals. Raleigh was the most notable of the Cornish mineralogists and his wide knowledge ensured that the examples of Cornish minerals were unsurpassed. Unusually for his time Rashleigh was painstaking in labelling his specimens and ensuring the accuracy of their localities. He supplied specimens for use in the publications of the Sowerby family on mineralogy, while many of the better examples were features in [this work]" (Cleevely, World of Palaeontological Collections). Ward & Carrozzi 1833.