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Lot 2: "BEST AND MOST THOROUGH WORK ON AMBER" (AMBER.) Hartmann, Phillip Jacob. Succini Prussici physica & civilis historia cum demonstratioe ex autopsia &

Gems and Jewelry: The Henry Polissack Library, Part II

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by Swann Auction Galleries

May 27, 2004

New York, NY, USA

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Description: "BEST AND MOST THOROUGH WORK ON AMBER" (AMBER.) Hartmann, Phillip Jacob. Succini Prussici physica & civilis historia cum demonstratioe ex autopsia & intimiori rerum experiential deducta. Engraved frontispiece and 3 folding engraved plates. Small 8vo, early vellum, recased, retaining original spine and pastedowns; outer edge of frontispiece margin trimmed, last few leaves browned. Frankfurt: M. Hallervord & J. Andrea, 1677

Notes: first edition and, according to Sinkankas: "In its time, the best and most thorough work yet to appear on amber." It describes the ancient writings about amber, occurrences and details of deposits in Prussia, amber fishery and mining, characteristics, colors, and qualities, uses, customs and laws, and more. Sinkankas 2783; Ferchl 215.

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