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ENGSTRöM, Gustav von.

(1738 – 1813)

(Born: Lund, Sweden, 1 August 1738; Died: Upsala, Sweden, 12 August 1813) Swedish mining expert.

Engström was warden of the mint and an advisor to the Bergcollegium. He held membership in the Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

Biographical references: Biographiskt Lexicon. Poggendorff: 1, col. 670. SBA: Scandinavian Biographical Archive: B-065, 008-009. Stouffs, Inventaire des Papiers du Didot, 1963. Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon: 13, 626-??. WBI.

1. Swedish, 1774.
Tal om mineralogiens hinder och framsteg i senare Åren; hållet för Kongl. Vetenskaps Academien, vid Praesidii nedläggande. Stockholm, 1774.

4°: 26 p.

Rare. Reviews the progress of mineralogy for the year 1773-1774.

Bibliographical references: BL [965.k.6.(5.)]. Dryander, Catalogus Banks, 1796-1800: 4, p. 1.

Beschreibung, 1774

2. German, 1774 [Translation, First edition].
Herrn Gustav von Engeström's | Beschreibung | eines mineralogischen | Taschen= | Laboratoriums | und insbesondere | des Nutzens des Blaserohrs | in der | Mineralogie. | [double rule] | Aus dem Schwedishen übersetzt | und | mit Anmerkungen versehen | von | D. Christ. Ehrenfr. Weigel | [...2 lines of titles and memberships...] | [rule] | Mit Kupfern. | [rule] | Greifswald | bei Anton Ferdinand Röse. | 1774.

8°: )(5 A-E8 F2; 47l.; [10], [1]-83, [1] p., 2 folding plates (blowpipes). Page size: 156 x 88 mm.

Contents: [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [1 pg], "Vorrede."-signed C.E. Weigel.; [6 pgs], "Vorrede | des | Schwedischen Uebersetzers."; [1 pg], Blank.; [1]-83, Text.; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], 2 folding plates.

Scarce. Translation by Christian Ehrenfried Weigel. The basis of this work were lectures Engström delivered in London in 1765. It first appeared in print as an appendix to An Essay Towards a System of Mineralogy (1st ed., London, 1770), for which Engström had acted as the English translator. It describes Engström's pocket laboratory, blowpipe and procedured used in the analysis of minerals.

Christian Ehrenfried Weigel. (Born: Staslund, Germany, 24 May 1748; Died: Greifswald, Germany, 8 August 1831) German physician & chemist. Weigel had his early education at private school in Stralsund. In 1764 he matriculated at the University of Greifswald. From 1775 onwards, Weigel was professor of botany and chemistry at the University of Greifswald. He was the inventor of the counter current cooler (Liebig cooler). Weigel wrote and translated mostly on chemical subjects.

Bibliographical references: BL [973.b.10.(1.)]. NUC. (Weigel) ADB: 41, 464. Anslemino, O., "Nachrichten von früherer Lehrern der Chemie and er Universität Greifswald," Mitteilungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins für Neu-Vorpommern und Rugen in Greifswald, 38 (1906), 117-30. DBA: I 1341, 359-377; 1341, 383-389. DBE: 10, 385-6. Drugulin, Sechstausend Portraits, 1863: no. 5821. DSB: 14, 224-5 [by K. Hufbauer]. Neuer Nekrolog der Deutschen: 9 (1831), 699-705 [obituary]. Partington, History of Chemistry, 1961-70: 3, 594-5. Poggendorff: 2, col. 1283. Valentin, J., "Die Entwicklung der pharmazeutischen Chemie an der Ernst Moritz Arndt-Universität in Greifswald," in: Festschrift zur 500-Jahrfeier der Universität Greifswald, 2 (Greifswald, 1956), 472-5. WBI. World Who's Who in Science: 1772.

3. German, 1782 [German transl., 2nd edition].
Beschreibung eines mineralogischen Taschen-Lab oratoriums und insbesondere des Nutzens des Blaserohrs in der Mineralogie. Aus dem Schwedischen Übersetzt von C.E. Weigel. Zweite vermehrte Ausgabe. Greifswald, A.F. Röse, 1782.

8°: [8], [1]-184 p., 2 folding plates (blowpipes).

Contents: [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [2 pgs], "Vorrede"-signed C.E. Weigel, December 1781.; [4 pgs], "Vorrede zur Schwedischen Uebersetzung."-signed And. Jah. Retzius.; [1]-104, Text of Engestörm's treatise on the blowpipe.; [105], "Herrn Prof. und Ritter Torbern Bergman Abhandlung von der Probirung der Erze auf dem Nassen Wege, aus dem Lateinischen übersetzt."; [106], Blank.; [107]-184, Text of Bergman's analysis of minerals in the wet way.; [At end], 2 folding plates.

Scarce. Translation by Christian Ehrenfried Weigel. Greatly enlarged second edition of the German translation first published in Greifswald in 1774.

Bibliographical references: BL [no copy listed]. Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 171. LKG: XI 10. Smeaton, Portable Chemical Laboratories, 1966: 13 (1966), 84-91.

4. French, 1796.
Guide | Du | Voyageur | Aux Carrieres Et Mines | De Svede, | A L'Usage | Des Etranger Curieux, | Des Mineraux Et Mineralogues, | Par | Gustave d'Engeström, | Conseiller Dés Mines. | [ornament] | [double rule] | Stockholm, | Chez Joh. A. Carlsbohm, Imprimeur, 1796.

8°: [1]-110, [8], [2] p., one folding map (620 x 490 mm.; engraved by G.F. Linnerhjelm).

Scarce. An early topographical mineralogy of Sweden. Intended for tourists, collectors, amateurs and scientists, the Guide's seven tours give detailed information of geological formations, quarrys, mineral deposits, mines, specimen localities, and medicinal baths one finds travelling town to town in the Swedish kingdom. The final tour covers Lapland and Finland (at the time Swedish possessions). One index references mines, forges, smelting operations, towns, cities and interesting formations. The second lists mineral species.

Bibliographical references: BL [7106.f.17.(1.)]. LKG: XIV 810. NUC. Smith, Regional Mineralogies of the World, 1995: 1129. Spencer, Catalogue of Topographical Mineralogies, 1948: 305.

5. Swedish, 1773.
Beskrifning | På et | Mineralogiskt | Fick-Laboratorium | Och i synnerhet | Nyttan af Blåsröret | Uti | Mineralogien, | Af | Gustaf von Engeström | [rule] | Öfwersatt från Engelskan. | [rule] | Stockholm, | På Direct. Carl G. Ulfs bekostnad, | Och fiñes i desz Boklåda på St. Nygatan huset n:o 130 | 1773.

8°: A-C8 D2; 26l.; [4], [5]-50, [2] p., 2 plates, vignettes on p. 5 and 50.

Contents: [1-2], Title page, verso blank.; [3-4], Foreword signed And. Jah. Retzius.; [5]-50, Text.; [2 pgs], "Stockholm | Tryckt hos Lars Kumblin. | År 1773."

Rare. Swedish translation by Anders Jahan Retzius of the text of the blow-pipe section that first appeared in the English translation of Cronstedt's An Essay Towards a System of Mineralogy (1st ed., London, 1770). \JKjellman

Bibliographical references: LKG: XII 40. NUC. SWIM.