(1624 – 1706)

De meteoris et fossilibus libri duo. In priore libro mixta imperfecta, quæque in sublimi aëre vel gignuntur, vel apparent, fusè pertractantur. Posterior liber mixta perfecta complectitur ; ubi salium, bituminum, lapidum, gemmarum, & metallorum naturæ, causæ, & usus inquiruntur.

4° (224×167 mm). [28], 310, [6] pp. With three geometric figures in the text. Contemporary vellum, penned title on spine. Binding slightly stained. Somewhat toned and foxed throughout. Paris, Pierre Lamy, 1660.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Hoover Collection 271; Sinkankas, Gemology 1796; Ward/Carozzi 703; DSB IV, 221; Poggendorff I, 616.
PROVENANCE: Father Pio de Podio, inscription on first endpaper, title with ms. monograms B.S. and M.C., and crabbed stamp.
Very rare first edition. „This volume investigates meteorites and various aspects of mineralogy and palaeontology, including salt, coal, metals, and various gems. Although written for the general public, it is a valuable scientific contribution for its comparisons of mid-seventeenth century theories to the ancient explanations of minerals“ (Curtis Schuh‘s Bibliography of Mineralogy). Du Hamel was a French cleric and natural philosopher, and the first secretary of the Academie Royale des Sciences. [369024].