RUDLER, Frederick William.
(1840 – 1915)
Rudler was appointed assistant curator of the Museum of Practical Geology, London in 1861. He became full curator in 1879 a position he held until 1902. Rudler was also in charge of the library. His personal collection of more than 2,000 volumes was bequeathed to the University of Wales Library at Aberystwyth, where from 1876-9 he had been mineralogical lecturer. Also at the University of Wales, he founded that institutions general museum of art.
Biographical references: American Journal of Science: 3rd Series, 189 (1915), 326. BBA: I 953, 244-247; II 1745, 99. Cleevely, World Palæontological Collections, 1983: 251. Geological Magazine: 2 (December 6, 1915), 142-4, portrait. Lambrecht & Quenstedt, Catalogus, 1938: 371. Mineralogical Magazine: 17 (1916), 368. Nature: 94 (1915), 621. Quarterly Journal of Geological Society of London: 59 (1903), xli-xliii & 71 (1915), lviii-lix. Sarjeant, Geologists, 1980: 3, 2012. Science: 41 (1915), 284. WBI.
1. English, 1896.
A | Handbook | To The | Museum Of Practical Geology | Jermyn Street, London, S.W. | [ornament] | London: | Printed For Her Majesty's Stationery Office, | By Eyre And Spottiswoode, | Printers To The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, | [rule] | Sold Only At The Museum. | [rule] | 1896.
8°: [i]-viii, 167,  p. Wraps, with title printed on front cover. Page size: 244 x 152 mm.
Scarce. Excellent guide and description of the important geological, mineralogical and historical collections of the Museum of Practical Geology in London. This also contains descriptions of specimens from the Ludlam collection of minerals [which see next entry].
Bibliographical references: Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 5622.
2. English, 1905.
A | Handbook | To | A Collection Of The | Minerals Of The British Islands, | Mostly Selected From The | Ludlam Collection, In The | Museum Of Practical Geology, | Jermyn Street, London, S.W. | By | F.W. Rudler, I.S.O., F.G.S., | Late Curator Of The Museum. | [ornament] | London: | Printed For His Majesty's Stationery Office, | By Wyman & Sons, Limited, Fetter Lane, E.C. | [short rule] | And to be purchased from | E. Stanford, 12, 13, and 14, Long Acre, London; | John Menzies & Co., Rose Street, Edinburgh; | Hodges, Figgis & Co., Grafton Street, Dublin; | From any Agent for the sale of Ordanance Survey Maps; or through any | Bookseller from the Ordnance Survey Office, Southhampton. | [short rule] | 1905. | Price One Shilling.
8°: [i]-x, -241,  p., index. Page size: 242 x 155 mm.
Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso blank.; iii, "Preface."-dated 21 December 1904.; [iv], Blank.; v-x, "Contents."; -4, "Introduction."; -234, Text.; -241, "Index."; [1 pg], Blank.
Very scarce. A handbook of English minerals with localities, chemical formulae, etc. It is based upon the large collection of English minerals brought together by Henry Ludlam [see note below], who bequeathed the collection to the Museum of Practical Geology in London and subsequently incorporated into the British Museum in 1997. The introduction gives an account of the musum.
Henry Ludlam. (Born: 14 October 1824; Died: London, England, 23 June 1880) English mineral collector. The youngest of a large family Ludlam studied architecture, but became instead a land surveyor, and subsequently a hosier. However the passion of his life was mineralogy and he amassed one of the finest private collections ever assembled in England, incorporating those made by Charles Hampden Turner which in turn contained those of Jacob Forster, Henry Heuland and William Nevill, which included that of diplomat William Garrow Lettsom. A wealthy man, Ludlam made extravagant purchases at mineral auctions and was a good customer of the countries mineral dealers. He died unmarried, bequeathing his large mineral collection to the Museum of Practical Geology, London, which has subsequently been incorporated into the Natural History Museum, London. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society and a member of the Mineralogical Society. The mineral "Ludlamite" was named in his honor by Richard Talling in 1876.
Bibliographical references: BL [7111.c.5.]. (Ludlam) BBA. • Boase, Modern English Biography, 1892-1921. • Cleevely, World Palæontological Collections, 1983: 189. • DNB. • Embry, Foreword, 1977: xxi. • Geological Magazine: 7 (December 2, 1880), 336. • Mineralogical Magazine: 4 (1881), 132. • Proceedings of the Geological Society, London: (1880-1881), 47-8. • Quarterly Journal of Geological Society of London: 27 (1871), 47. • Sarjeant, Geologists, 1980: 3, 1611..