Paris: C. Lambin, 1661. First Edition, First Issue. Octavo,  112 pages; VG; 1/4 bound with contemporary brown leather spine, green label with gilt lettering on spine, brown marbled boards; moderate wear and rubbing to boards and spine, including chipping to head and tail of spine, significant rubbing to spine, causing parts to have been worn of entirely; bookplate of Charles Hugh Stevenson on front pastedown, along with a small sticker reading '14-25-23'; title page has a piece cut out of it, to the right of the printers mark, not impacting any text; very slight staining to rear of portrait; Sig. 2 *4 A-O4, with C2 marked as B2, F2 marked as F1, K2 and L3 not marked, M3 marked M2; no writing or marginalia; fingerprint ink stains to top margin of page 112; With engraved portrait frontispiece of Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans and numerous woodcut initials and tailpieces;
To our knowledge, the only copies are held by the New York Public Library, New York, John Carter Brown Library, Rhode Island, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, U. S. Library of Congress, District of Columbia, University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, British Library, London, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, plus any copies currently for sale or in private collections. This is an incredibly scarce book.; [JCB(3) III:51-52], [Grasse I:348], [Alden & Landis 661], [Sabin 4957];
"The first chapter attempts to reconcile differing views of various writers, as cited by Berquen, on the origin of gemstones and precious metals, with following chapters taking up the principal gemstones, and some minor ones, as diamond, sapphire, topaz, ruby, spinel, emerald, amethyst, aquamarine, hyacinth, opal, chrysolite, iris, vermeille, garnets, carnelian, turquoise, quartz varieties, pearl, coral and amber, and lastly, a chapter on gold and silver" (Sinkankas, p. 97f.)
SS consignment; shelved case 3.