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LOBKOWITZ, Josef Franz Maximilian.

(1772 – 1816)

(Born: 1772; Died: 1816) Hungarian aristrocat.

Hungarian prince in Bisin near Töplitz. Lobkowitz assembled an enormous collection of minerals, which was expanded by his son, Prince Ferdinand Josef Lobkowitz [1797-1868].

Biographical references: DBA: I 773, 225-230. Papp, G. and H. Vincze-Szeberényi, "The Duke Lobkowitz collection," Annals of the History of Hungarian Geology, Special Issue, 3 (1991), 63-6. Schenkenberg, Die lebenden Mineralogen, 1842. WBI. Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 181. Wrany, Pflege der Mineralogie in Böhmen, 1898. Wurzbach, Biographisches Lexikon Österreich, 1856-91.

Description, 1869

1. English, 1869 [Collection catalog].
[Contained within a double rule onrnamental box:] Description | of the | Collection of Minerals | belonging to the | Prince of Lobkowitz | in | Bilin near Teplitz in Bohemia, | Empire of Austria. | [ornate rule] | Vienna, 1869. | Printed and published by W. Jacobi | 47 Praterstrasse.

8°: [1]-12 p. Page size: 210 x 146 mm.

Contents: [1-2], Title page, verso blank.; [3]-4, "The Collection of Minerals of the Prince of Lobkowitz con- | tains the following Divisions: | ..."; 5-12, "The oryklognostic collection is arranged | after Mohs's system."; [P. 12], Signed Jos. Rubesch, 20 February 1869, translated from the German by H. Berger.

Rare. Sale prospectus for the enormous mineralogical collection assembled by the Hungarian Princes Lobkowitz [see note below]. Purchased in 1870 for 35,000 florins by the Hungarian National Museum, it was called at the time "the greatest and most impressive private geological collection of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy." It numbered 41,217 specimens weighing a total of 80 tons, and having been built at an original cost of over 100,000 florins. In 1956, fire destroyed approximately 80% of the Hungarian Natural History Museum collections, including a large number of the Lobkowitz specimens.

The last page of the prospectus indicates that it was translated from the German. It is written in such a nature that it could easily have also been translated into other languages such as French or Hungarian.

Bibliographical references: Petersen, World Directory of Mineral Collections, 1994: 135. Schenkenberg, Die lebenden Mineralogen, 1842. Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 46, 47, 110, 112, 181 & 217. Wrany, Pflege der Mineralogie in Böhmen, 1898.