Die Mikroskopische Untersuchung des Papiers: Mit Besonderer Berücksichtigung der Ältesten Orientalischen und Europäischen Papiere (INSCRIBED to Professor Dr. Joseph Karabacek)

Vienna: Verlag der Kaiserl. Konigl. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1887. First Edition. INSCRIBED on the front wrapper to Professor Dr. Joseph Karabacek, professor of the history of the Orient at the University of Vienna, whose specialty was Arabic papyrology. Dr. Wiesner, professor of plant anatomy and physiology, joined with Dr. Karabacek to examine the over 100,000 ancient manuscripts (1400 B.C. to 1400 A.D.) in 10 languages in the collection of Archduke Rainer of Austria. Dr. Wiesner performed the microscopial examination of the manuscripts while Dr. Karabacek conducted the historical and antiquarian inquiry. Dr. Wiesner's revolutionary research showed that historically paper was made from linen rags, rather than cotton fiber, which he proved had never been used in the preparation of paper. (information from The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Oct., 1903). Folio; [iii], 82pp; illustrated with 15 woodcuts and 1 print. The covers are mostly detached (many of the pages are unopened), else a Good copy from the collection of British orientalist James Heyworth-Dunne, and bearing his bookplate. Item #21724

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