Four parts in one vol. with continuous pagination. 2 p.l., 748 pp. 8vo, cont. marbled boards, paper labels on spine. Halle: "im Verlag der Waisenhaus-Buchhandlung, 1805." A rare and fascinating journal - which did not extend beyond its first four parts - concerning the Harz Mountains in northern Germany and the surrounding lands. "Hercynia" is the Latin name for "Harz." The Harz Mountains are most famous for the rich mining activities which have taken place there since the Bronze Age. Silver was discovered in the 10th century and iron, copper, lead, barite, and zinc were also mined. Forestry has also been an important industry. The editor, Holzmann, a resident of Goslar in the Harz, has gathered a collection of highly interesting articles on the local history, natural history, peoples, geography, geology, and mining activities of the region. Obituary notices and reviews of books and articles are also included. Johann Friedrich Ludwig Hausmann, the prominent geologist, and Holzmann are the most frequent contributors. This work contains much original information on the Harz not to be found elsewhere. Fine copy and rare. Old stamp of the "Stadt-Bibliothek Homburg v. d. H." on free front endpaper and verso of title. Old stamp of the Wiesbaden Public Library on verso of title. (Inventory #: 6014)
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