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(1832 – 1886)

(Born: 28 April 1832; Died: Stockton, California, U.S.A., 24 October 1886) American mineral collector.

He was the brother of Fredrick William Dohrmann and married in San Francisco on 12 September 1873.

Biographical references: Conklin, L., "Anatomy of a Mineral Sale: the Dohrmann Collection", Mineralogical Record, 23, (1992), no. 1, 7-13. San Francisco Daily Morning Call: 26 October 1886, p. 8, col. 3 [obituary].

Dohrmann Auction Catalog, 1886

1. English, 1886 [Auction catalog].
Catalogue | Of The Magnificent Collection Of | Minerals, | Extremely Rich In | Crystallized Gold And Silver, | Of A. Dohrmann, Esq., | Of San Francisco, Cal. | Catalogued By | S.H. & H. Chapman, | 2009 Arch St. Philadelphia. | And To Be Sold At Auction By | Davis & Harvey, in their Art Gallery, | 1212 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. | Monday, Tuesday and Wednsday, December 13th, 14th and 15th, 1886. | Commencing At 2:30 P.M. Each Day.

8°: π2 2-74 82; 28l.; [1]-56 p., 9 plates (numbered I-IX; showing reproductions of gold specimens from the collection). Page size: 228 x 162 mm.

Contents: [1-2], Title page, verso blank.; [3]-4, "Preface."; [5]-55, "Catalogue."; 56, "Scale ... Troy Weight ... Abbreviations."

Rare. Auction catalog of Dohrmann's large collection of minerals including many fine examples from the gold fields of California. The lots are divided by species, i.e. native gold & silver, platinum, iridium, mercury, copper, iron, antimony, tellurium, sulfur, diamond, graphite, stibnite, argentite, galena, hessite, cinnabar, fluorite, cuprite, etc. Under each of the sections is the Dana number. Harvard University was a major buyer at this auction, and many of the gold specimens are still held within their collection.

Bibliographical references: American Journal of Science: 3rd series, 32 (1886), p. 487. Conklin, L., "Anatomy of a Mineral Sale: the Dohrmann Collection", Mineralogical Record, 23, (1992), no. 1, 7-13. Francis, C.A., "Harvard Gold", Mineralogical Record, 13, (1982), 355-7. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 159. NUC.