De Natura Fossilium

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Author: Agricola, Georgius
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Publication: 1546
Pages: 251
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Language: Latin

De Natura Fossilium (1546) is considered one of the most important mineralogical/gemological works of all time. Unlike his predecessors, he provided comments of considerable accuracy on the nature, properties, and treatment of gemstones. The descriptions indicate a first hand knowledge of many of the gems listed. It is evident that he relied on the writings of Pliny to describe stones of which he had no personal knowledge.

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