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Joseph von Baumeister
(1750-1819)

Joseph Edler von Baumeister was a Vienna-born historian, author and publisher. He was educated at the University of Vienna, where he received his degree in 1770. In 1788 he embarked upon a six-volume publishing project, Die Welt in Bildern ("The World in Pictures"), aimed at young students. Volumes covered the three Kingdoms of Nature, and also "Men and their Occupations." Apparently he produced these volumes on his own printing presses, the "Baumeisterischen Buchdruckeren," by right of a Royal Imperial charter. Volume four of the series, published in 1791, was devoted to Das Mineralreich ("The Mineral Kingdom"). The series concluded in 1792, and Kaiser Franz II was so impressed that he hired Baumeister to be in charge of the education of his sons, the Princes Ludwig and Rudolf—a great honor and responsibility which Baumeister carried out to the Kaiser's satisfaction, and was subsequently awarded a position as Special Advisor to the government.

Baumeister's Das Mineralreich is illustrated by hand-colored engravings of actual mineral specimens from an unspecified collection. The initial paintings were the work of Johann Sollerer (1747-1809), a Viennese painter of miniatures. Engravings of the paintings were then produced by the Mansfield family of Viennese engravers, including Johann Georg Mansfield (1764-1817), Johann Mansfield (1720-1825) and Johann Ernest Mansfield (1739-1796). Copies of the book were sold in two states, with the 23 plates showing 105 mineral specimens uncolored or hand-colored on higher-quality paper. The images shown here are reproduced from an extremely rare uncolored copy and from a unique unbound set of colored master copies (probably hand-colored by Sollerer himself), both in the Mineralogical Record Library.

W.E.W.

Reference:
Wilson, W. E., and Schuh, C. (2000) Baumeister's Das Mineralreich; Preface to the New Edition. Facsimile reprint by the Mineralogical Record, Tucson, p. 5-12

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The Mineralogical Record: Joseph von Baumeister - Gypsum Crystals Gypsum Crystals
Uncolored and Hand-colored copperplate engraving (1791), Plate 3, Figure 1 in Baumeister's Mineralreich; reproduced here from the extremely rare copies in the Mineralogical Record Library.
The Mineralogical Record: Joseph von Baumeister - Fluorite Crystal Fluorite Crystal
Uncolored and Hand-colored copperplate engraving (1791), Plate 3, Figure 2 in Baumeister's Mineralreich; reproduced here from the extremely rare copies in the Mineralogical Record Library.
The Mineralogical Record: Joseph von Baumeister - Emerald Crystal on Matrix (probably from Colombia) Emerald Crystal on Matrix (probably from Colombia)
Uncolored and Hand-colored copperplate engraving (1791), Plate 6, Figure 6 in Baumeister's Mineralreich; reproduced here from the extremely rare copies in the Mineralogical Record Library.
The Mineralogical Record: Joseph von Baumeister - Tourmaline Crystals (Schorl) on Matrix Tourmaline Crystals (Schorl) on Matrix
Uncolored and Hand-colored copperplate engraving (1791), Plate 6, Figure 5 in Baumeister's Mineralreich; reproduced here from the extremely rare copies in the Mineralogical Record Library.
The Mineralogical Record: Joseph von Baumeister - Garnet Crystals on Matrix Garnet Crystals on Matrix
Uncolored and Hand-colored copperplate engraving (1791), Plate 7, Figure 2a in Baumeister's Mineralreich; reproduced here from the extremely rare copies in the Mineralogical Record Library.
The Mineralogical Record: Joseph von Baumeister - Amethyst Crystal Group Amethyst Crystal Group
Uncolored and Hand-colored copperplate engraving (1791), Plate 7, Figure 1 in Baumeister's Mineralreich; reproduced here from the extremely rare copies in the Mineralogical Record Library.
The Mineralogical Record: Joseph von Baumeister - Halite from the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland Halite from the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Poland
Uncolored and Hand-colored copperplate engraving (1791), Plate 11, Figure 1 in Baumeister's Mineralreich; reproduced here from the extremely rare copies in the Mineralogical Record Library.
The Mineralogical Record: Joseph von Baumeister - Alum Crystal from Gottweih, Germany Alum Crystal from Gottweih, Germany
Uncolored and Hand-colored copperplate engraving (1791), Plate 11, Figure 6 in Baumeister's Mineralreich; reproduced here from the extremely rare copies in the Mineralogical Record Library.
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