Alberti Ritter Gymnasii Ilfeldensis Regii Con-Rectoris Commentatio II. De Zoolithodendroidis in Genere et in Specie de Schvvartzburgico-Sondershusanis Curiosissimis ac Formosissimis...

Commentatio II.  De Zoolitho-dendroidis in genre et in specie de Schwartzburgico-Sondershusianis curiosissimus ac formosissimus...
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Alberti Ritter gymnasii Ilfeldensis regii con-rectoris Commentatio II. De zoolithodendroidis in genere et in specie de Schvvartzburgico-Sondershusanis curiosissimis ac formosissimis : vna cum supplemento rerum naturalium et curiosarum huius regionis in Lucubratiuncula II. De alabastris Schvvartzburgicis

By Albrecht Ritter. Sondershusae: [s.n.], MDCCXXXVI [1736].

Albrecht Ritter (1684-1748) was in instructor at the royal Stiftscollegium at Ilefeld, Germany. Although relatively little is know about him, he was an early proponent of taking students into the field and learning from direct observation of and experience with the natural world. A member of the Leopoldinian Academy, he wrote several short works on fossils and "formed stones," as fossils were conceived of in the period. This book is on fossil dendrites and alabaster from the Schwartzburg/Sonderhausen region of Germany, and is cited in Emanuel Mendes de Costa's Natural history of fossils (London, 1757). This work is quite rare, held by only one library in the U.S., the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard.

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