by REUSS, Franz Ambrosius
Fine engraved frontis., two engraved plates, & four folding printed tables. 342 pp. 8vo, cont. fine dark blue sheep maroquiné (extremities a trifle rubbed), sides with gilt filet, flat spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine, a.e.g. Prague: G. Haase, 1818. First edition; a very fine and handsome copy printed on thick paper and bound in contemporary dark blue sheep maroquiné, gilt. Reuss (1761-1830), took his medical degree in 1783 and established a practice at Prague; during the same period he also conducted mineralogical and geological investigations and went to Freiberg to hear Werner lecture at the Bergakademie. He wrote an important geological textbook which contained the most complete exposition of Werner's ideas. "In 1784 Reuss became physician to Prince Lobkowitz and moved to the northwestern Bohemian city of Bilin...Bilin was already famous as a spa, and Reuss, in addition to his medical duties, supervised the exploitation of the mineral springs and mines belonging to his patron. In this connection he continued his mineralogical and geological researches and concurrently began an investigation of the spas of northern Bohemia."-D.S.B., XI, p. 387. Reuss provides here a very full description of the mineral springs and a chemical analysis of the waters at Marienbad (now Mariánské Lázne) in today's Czech Republic. These waters are rich in sulphate of soda and carbonate of soda. The attractive frontispiece depicts the town (which consists mostly of hotels) and the other two plates show the Kreuzbrunne and Karolinenquelle. Two old library stamps of Prague religious houses on title.
(Inventory #: 5059)