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Last update: 31 July 2018

This gallery displays rare collectible items formerly part of The Tricottet Collection and now available for sale, as we try to keep our collection dynamic and limited to a minimum number of objects per theme. Themes revolve around natural history objects: minerals, meteorites, organisms; and man-made objects: civilizations, devices and entertainment. All of the objects presented below are historically important and related to the history of collecting and/or material culture. They are ordered by theme and then in chronological order, from the most recent to the oldest. Prices do not include shipping. Please contact us for further details.

Wunderkammer catalogues

Collection catalogue
Provenance: G. Cleghorn
Date: Published in 1681

One of the earliest natural history collection catalogues

Grew, N. (1681), Musaeum Regalis Societatis: or a Catalogue & Description of the Natural and Artificial Rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham College. London, 388 pp. | The Comparative Anatomy of Stomachs and Guts Begun, 43 pp. (Modern brown half morocco, marbled end papers, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Sir Daniel Colwall, founder of the Royal Society. Ex. G. Cleghorn library. Georges Cleghorn (1716-1789) was a physician from Edinburgh).

This early collection catalog of natural history specimens in the collection of the Royal Society is divided into four parts: (1) animals, (2) plants, (3) minerals and (4) man-made items relating to demonstration apparatuses for chemistry and physics, mechanics, coins and medicines. All sorts of curious objects are presented, including an Egyptian mummy, a human fetus preserved in a bottle, the leg bone of a dodo bird, more than 30 lodestones, butterflies, tiger claws, etc. etc. It gives a good view of the extent of mineralogical knowledge in England at the time [Wilson 8]. This collection is a typical 'Wunderkammer' collection with a strong emphasis on natural history and scientific curiosities but a modest selection of coins and antiquities and a few of art. Grew's arrangement follows that of Ole Worm [From Wunderkammer to Museum 64]. But unlike previous catalogues of Renaissance noblemen's cabinets of curiosities, Grew's descriptions do not emphasise exotic and monstrous specimens. The entries are straightforward and matter-of-fact. Grew gives detailed measurements and descriptions of the shape and texture of artefacts, and also takes care to point out any errors in previous descriptions of the same kind of object (source: Royal Soc. website). Published with this catalogue is Grew's study of stomach organs, which is the first zoological work to have the term "comparative anatomy" [Garrison and Morton 297].

$1190 / 990€

Historic minerals, gems & rocks

Fulgurites
Provenance: Type locality; Second locality, with refs.
Date: 1997-2011

The elusive exogenic fulgurites: Documented specimens

(1) Exogenic fulgurite specimen (59 mm; 11 grams) from the type locality, Elko County, Nevada, found in 1997 and first described in 2004 (Mohling, 2004 - ref. included); Only 56 specimens were made available to the public, here is the fifth largest and one showing some of the best morphological features;
(2) Two exogenic fulgurites from Oswego, featured pages 266 and 267 of the May/June 2011 issue of Rocks & Minerals (Walter, 2011, inscribed by the author - ref. included): (a) spinose and flagellated variety of droplet (38 mm; 3.9 grams); (b) green droplet cluster connected by filaments (22 mm; 1.9 grams);
(3) Ground fulgurite fragment fused to the top of a rusty nail, found underground of the sidewalk, featured page 268 of Walter (2011). It should be noted that a fragment of the fulgurite broke off the specimen during shipment to The Tricottet Collection, now showing a air bubble at the contact between the nail and the fulgurite.

Exogenic fulgurites are a new class of fulgurites, described in 2004, as a solidified form of originally liquefied material thrown into the air by a powerful lightning strike (Mohling, 2004). The first described occurrence is located in Elko County, Nevada (i.e. type locality). A second occurrence was discovered in 2008 in Oswego, New York, on a sidewalk in a busy residential dowtown area (Walter, 2011).

$1800 / 1500€

Books
Provenance: W.E. Wilson (author), signed
Date: 1994-1995

Deluxe editions on the history of mineral collecting by W. Wilson

(1) Wilson, W. E. (1994), The History of Mineral Collecting 1530-1799. The Mineralogical Record, vol. 25, no. 6, 264 pp. (hardcover ed., no. 5, signed by the author);
(2) Wilson, W. E. (1995), Mineral Books: Five Centuries of Mineralogical Literature. The Mineralogical Record, vol. 26, no. 4, 192 pp. (hardcover ed., no. 17, signed by the author)

Wendell Eugene Wilson (1946-) is the editor of the Mineralogical Record, a mineral collector and mineral artist. Those two references are some of the best works on the history of mineral collecting and mineral book collecting.

$300 / 250€

Book
Provenance: Inscribed by L.H. Conklin / E. Schlichter
Date: 1986

Historical notes and commentaries on letters to Kunz

Conklin, L. H. (1986), Notes and Commentaries on Letters to George F. Kunz. Correspondence from various sources, including Clarence S. Bement with facsimiles. Privately printed, The Tiffany Edition, New Canaan, 137 pp. (black cloth back, marbled boards, paper label on front cover, unnumbered, inscribed by the author "8-11-91 Springfield Show, For Ernie Schlichter, an old friend, Best regards, Larry")

A compilation of selected correspondence between the famous gemologist Kunz and various scholars, collectors and dealers, including Clarence S. Bement (1843-1923). Bement was one of the greatest American mineral collectors of all time. His collection of rare mineral specimens was acquired by J. P. Morgan and then given to the American Museum of Natural History, in the process establishing their Department of Mineralogy. Bement and Kunz had an extensive correspondence. Most of the letters from Kunz's correspondents are reproduced in facsimile. Many of his reponses are included. Illustrated with one color plate of a mineral + portrait photographs of many of the writers and biographies of them and something of their relationship to Kunz. Ernest Schlichter (1929-2007), to whom this copy is inscribed, was an enthusiastic mineral collector who built a large and interesting collection both by purchase and field collecting.

$75 / 60€

Collection catalogue
Provenance: Signed by Geo. P. Merrill
Date: Published 1922

The gem collection of the Smithsonian Institution (signed/inscribed)

Merrill, G. P., M. W. Moodey and E. T. Wherry (1922), Handbook and descriptive catalogue of the collections of gems and precious stones in the United States National Museum. Smithsonian Institution, USNM Bull. 118, Washington, 225 pp. (small scratch on spine and rear bottom corner slightly bumped. Inscribed "With regards of one of the authors. G.P. Merrill"; accompanied by a page removed from the Jewelers' Circular, Feb 20, 1924, about gems at the National Museum with a photo of M. W. Moodey, one of the co-authors) - George Perkins Merrill (1854-1929) was an American geologist and museum collection curator. In 1881 he became assistant curator at the Department of Geology of the Smithsonian Insitution and was appointed head curator in 1897.

$95 / 80€

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Collection catalogue
Provenance: Prepared by the Compte de Bournon
Date: Published 1813

The 1813 catalogue of the Compte de Bournon's mineral collection

Bournon, Comte de (1813), Catalogue de la collection minéralogique du Comte de Bournon. London, chez L. Deconchy, 563 pp. (without the very rare Plates volume) - Catalogue of the large and important mineral collection created by Bournon. The "Discours Préliminaire" provides a history of the collection's formation and observations about the science of mineralogy. There is also an extensive commentary on Bournon's relationship with the British Museum and its trustees. The text contains a detailed description of the collection's specimens, with information on the minerals chemical and physical properties. Throughout Bournon references Hauy and other mineralogists. A separate section deals with Hauy's theories on crystal structure. Rare (source: minrec.org). Jacques-Louis, Comte de Bournon (1751-1825) was a French soldier and mineralogist who came to England after the French Revolution. He gained prominence in the scientific community, being elected a fellow of the Royal Society and was a founding member of the Geological Society before returning to France after the Bourbon Restoration.

$1800 / 1500€

Collection catalogue
Provenance: Prepared by Romé de l'Isle
Date: Published 1773

The 1773 catalogue of the Romé de l'Isle mineral collection

Romé de l'Isle, J. L. (1773), Description méthodique d'une collection de minéraux, du cabinet de M.D.R.D.L.. Paris, Approbation & Privilege, 299 pp. - Jean-Baptiste Louis Romé de l'Isle (1736-1790) was one of the two great French crystallographers, considered with René Just Haüy (1743-1822) the co-founders of modern crystallography. Romé de l'Isle described his 750-specimen collection of metallic minerals in his 1773 catalogue. His collection was well-known in Paris, and 68 of his specimens were chosen for illustration by Fabien Gautier d'Agoty in his famous 1781 color-plate book. His catalogue, as one would expect, is considerably more scholarly than average for the time. This fact, and also the publication of his one-volume essay on crystallography in 1772, made him a popular savant in Parisian scientific circles, and he was called upon to prepare quite a number of catalogs for other mineral collectors during the following years. Following his death in 1790, Romé de l'Isle's collection was purchased by Francois Gillet de Laumont (1747-1834), one of the greatest mineral collectors of his day. Gillet de Laumont's collection, including Romé de l'Isle's original specimens, was purchased in 1835 by the French government and is now preserved in the Museum of Natural History in Paris [Wilson 25] - More pictures available upon request.

$1500 / 1250€

Historic meteorites & tektites

Books
Provenance: J.D. Robinson (author), signed, with letter
Date: 2009-2011

Meteoric falls & other events of the British Isles (lim. eds., signed)

(1) Robinson, J. D. (2009), The authenticated meteoric falls of the British Isles. Self-published, limited edition of 200 copies, 144 pp. Inscribed by the author;
(2) Robinson, J. D. (2010), The pseudo-meteoric events of the British Isles | Plus other historical incidents involving ball lightning. Self-published, unique proof copy ("still loose leafed") of limited edition of 50 copies, 120 pp. Inscribed by the author;
(3) Handwritten letter dated 9 July 2011 from James D. Robinson to the owner of The Tricottet Collection about the two books sent.

$60 / 50€

Impactite
Provenance: P.V. Florenskiy / J. Saul
Date: 1984

Irghizites from a Russian expedition organized by P.V. Florenskiy

Fragments found by P.V. Florenskiy or some other members of his research team, donated to John M. Saul in 1984 at the XXVII International Geological Congress in Moscow (as indicated on old penned sticker and recent note by Saul). Florenskiy, the main investigator of the Zhamanshin crater (Florenskiy and Dabizha, 1980 - not included), had returned from the site a short time before that Congress and was very enthusiastic about his finds/results (J. Saul, pers. comm., 2016). Here the specimens are arranged so to re-enact a glassy jet of molten material spurting from the crater. The different irghizite shapes, wiry and droplet-like, are well represented. Some of the specimens show some spherical particles, captured during the formation process - Those glasses are found within the bounds of the Zhamanshin crater structure (about 15 km wide and 1 Ma old), situated in Kazakhstan, 200 km north of the Aral Sea.

$420 / 350€

Meteorwrong
Provenance: H. Winbeck (collector), with letters
Date: 1976-1982

From imaginary Aussig fall to Ploschkowitz fall to meteorwrong

Eight small fragments of an historic meteorwrong, with labels and correspondence.

The story is told in a series of 5 letters (in German): (1) W. Zeitschel (21 Aug. 1976) gives some information to H. Winbeck about his 8 stones: "There is no Aussig fall. Did you obtain your Aussig!! pieces from an Austrian mineral collector or handler, if so, please let me know by whom? Was it Mr. Moehler from Graz? From there come these pieces, with this designation. Those are in fact pieces of the meteorite shower of Ploschkowitz / USSR. This fall occurred on 22.6.1723. It is an olivine-hypersthene chondrite. 33 stones were found at the time. Ploschkowitz is located south of Aussig. The total weight is not known." (2) Winbeck then contacts J. Classen (8 Mar. 1979): "Do you know more about the Ploschkowitz fall? I have since several years ago 8 small stones with a total weight of less than 5 gr acquired by Mr Moehler from Graz with the label 'Aussig fallen on 30 Sep 1899...'. Mr. Zeitschel in Hanau told me that this fall does not exist, that the stones rather came from Ploschkowitz (In Hey Catalogue, incidentally, there is no 'Aussig' recorded). How come this designation and before all this fall date is not identical to the one of Ploschkowitz?" (3) Classen (20 Mar. 1979) confirms that a Aussig fall does not exist before adding: "It is not good when the associated labels are incorrect. It is clear in this case there is something wrong. I have sorted out all my dubious cases and separated them from my main collection. I cannot tell you more about your stones without seeing them..." (4) Winbeck (29 Mar. 1979) discusses, among other things, of Classen's possible visit. No reference to the specimens is made. (5) Some years later, Dieter Heinlein writes to Winbeck (5 Apr. 1982): "I have studied the catalogue. I am fascinated by the small pieces of Ploschkowitz. Would you be willing to trade half-a-gram of it? ..." A 1975 invoice from Moehler of Graz indicates a 35 Deutsche Mark price for "10 St. Meteoriten (=Steinregen)/ Aussig". Those are now proved to be of non-meteoritic origin.

$300 / 250€

Meteorite
Provenance: Arizona State University, w. jar, label, no.
Date: Fell 1969
Weight: 56 grams
Note: Photograph © M. Bandli

The 1969 Allende meteorite game-changer for modern meteoritics

Two fresh stones of the Allende CV carbonaceous chondrite (fell 8 February 1969, Chihuahua, Mexico) totalling 56 grams, deaccessioned from the Arizona State University (ASU) in ASU jar, with inventory number 818.91 on glued sticker and ASU label. Those historic specimens are listed in the Lewis et al. (1985) catalogue - On the morning of 8 February 1969, a brillant fireball was observed over much of northern Mexico and in some neighboring U.S. states. Thousands of stones rained down over a large area of rural Mexico after tremendous detonations were heard. Specimens were then used to benchmark NASA's state-of-the-art equipment prepared in view of the return of lunar samples with the Apollo 11 mission. Important findings followed on the formation of the early solar system, overshadowing the lunar rocks themselves. From the ASU history webpage:

"In the months after its fall, Moore obtained significant quantities of Allende through two mineral dealers, Benny Finn and Susie Davis. Two of Moore’s students, Ron Gooley and Bob Kelly, also visited Mexico and purchased Allende pieces from locals near the fall site."

These Allende stones are very likely from one of these 4 sources.

$1190 / 990€

Unusual glass
Provenance: J. Saul, G. Baker
Date: 1967-1974

John Saul's unusual glasses (documented in signed article, letter)

[1] Unusual glasses of undetermined origin (chunk of bright green East African Glass, East African Glass cut stone and "Pit Glass" cut stone from Sri Lanka); accompanied by Konta J. and J.M. Saul (1976), Moldavites and a survey of other naturally occurring glasses. In: J. Gemm., vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 179-204 (signed by J.M. Saul);
Provenance: J. Saul estate (purchased directly by the TC, 2014)
References: Konta and Saul (1976:Table 3)

[2] Letter from George Baker to John M. Saul, regarding various types of glass, Saul's rejected funding proposal, and Baker's planned trip via Aden (aerogramme dated 24 January 1967).
Provenance: J. Saul estate (purchased directly by the TC, 2014)

Years before the Moon landing and with tektites believed to originate from there at the time, efforts were undertaken to find more of those glassy materials on Earth. John Saul was one of the main researchers in that domain. He systematically looked for atypical glasses, with an inventory of those given in Konta & Saul (1976), including East African Glass and "Pit Glass" [1]. Other unusual glasses discussed by Konta & Saul (1976) include Sakado Glass and Schonite, maybe based on the information received from George Baker (1908-1975), Australian tektite expert, in 1967 [2].

$500 / 400€

Books
Provenance: Inscribed by Krinov
Date: 1959-1963

The Sikhote Alin iron meteorite fall (inscribed by Krinov)

Two-volume book in Russian on the Sikhote-Alin meteorite edited by Fesenkov, V. G. and E. L. Krinov (Publishing House of the Academy of Sciences, USSR, Moscow), with volume I published in an edition of 1,200 copies and volume II in an edtion of 900 copies. Volume I comes with a collection of stereoscopic photos of the craters and surrounding forest while volume II is inscribed by Krinov. The inscription reads (after translation from Russian): "To Dr. D. P. Cruikshank | with best wishes from one of the authors | 5 July 1978, Moscow | E. L. Krinov".

$1200 / 1000€

Glasses
Provenance: A.L. Flagg / H.H. Nininger
Date: Letter dated 1959

Glass suite from Flagg collection with Nininger correspondence

(1) Letter from H.H. Nininger to A.L. Flagg, dated 23 July 1959 (typed 1-page letter, American Meteorite Museum letterhead). It reads: "we gave the little glass objects a good test and I'm sorry to say that they turn out to be obsidian. Enclosed in a separate envelope is one of them that had been scoriated by an oxy-acetalene flame and in another envelope a fragment of tektite that was melted by the same process bu at a high temperature." Accompanied by a file copy (typed, one-page, dated 20 July 1959), which reads: "I feel reasonably certain that you are back home [...] You may have learned from Dr. Baker that I exchanged some speciments of Trinitite for a few Australites. My first inquiry for tectites brought the information that they were not being sent out of the country but it was suggested that specimens of trinitite might be a sufficient inducement to let me have some [...] I have seen a great many obsidian nodules, 'Arizona lucky stones', 'Apache Tears', 'Smoky Topaz' and all the rest of the specially built names for tourists but I have never seen any with the same pitted surfaces...".
(2) Specimens mentionned in the letters: 5 obsidian pebbles (Flagg, envelope) / analyzed obsidian (Flagg, Nininger, annotated AML manila envelope) / analyzed tektite (Nininger, annotated AML manila envelope)
(3) Other glasses from the Flagg collection w. inventory nos.: (i) Lechatelierite and sandstone from Meteor Crater; (ii) Trinitite (not shown), as mentioned in Flagg's letter.

Baker here refers to George Baker, an Australian tektite expert. Harvey H. Nininger (1887-1986), famous meteorite hunter and self-taught meteoriticist, established the American Meteorite Laboratory in 1937. In 1946, he leased a building next to Meteor Crater to create the American Meteorite Museum. After the partial sale of his collection in 1958, Nininger visited Asia and Australia, which is the trip Flagg refers to. Arthur Leonard Flagg (1883-1961) was a mining engineer and aficionado of the mineralogy of the state of Arizona.

$1200 / 1000€

Book
Provenance: H.H. Nininger (author), signed
Date: 1958

Harvey Nininger's research at Meteor Crater, Arizona (signed copy)

Nininger, H. H. (1956), Arizona’s Meteorite Crater, Past, Present, Future, Denver, 232 pp. (ex. library with associated wear, in particular: annotations on several pages, mostly text underlined; one page a bit torn; black marker applied along fore edge - see selected pictures for book state. Signed by the author: "Sedona Ariz. Sept. 14, 1958. To Elsa H. Smith from the Author, H.H. Nininger"). One of the rarest of Nininger's works to be found signed/inscribed.

$150 / 125€

Meteorite
Provenance: H. Minson, Esq. / British Museum
Date: Fell 1933
Weight: 3.8 grams

Khanpur endcut from the British Museum with the iconic oval BM sticker

Fragment endcut of the Khanpur meteorite, deaccessioned from the British Museum and retaining a partial BM sticker 1933,58. Also comes with a BM label copy. The label, although a modern photocopy, adds precious information about the origin of the specimen that is not given in the catalogues of the "blue book" series: "Kakrapar village, police station, ..., presented by H. Minson, Esq., collector of Jaunpur, India, May 1933." The text of the BM catalogues reads: "Many stones fell, but only 12 pieces, totalling 3698 grams (the largest 1300 grams) were collected. Some of the stones fell at Kakrapur, Jaunpur district, and some at Karauli, Benares district... Main masses (3.2 kg) in Calcuta (Mus. Geol. Surv. India)." - Khanpur fell 8 Jul. 1932 and is described as a brecciated white chondrite. The BM catalogues list 4 pieces of 354, 42, 2.5 and 2.0 grams (+fragments of 1.9g). Since this present specimen weights 3.8 grams, it must have been sectioned off the 354g or 42g fragments (BM catalogue not included).

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Meteorite
Provenance: Harvey H. Nininger / University of Arizona
Date: Found 1928
Weight: 74 grams

The Winona of the Winonaites, found in a prehistoric Indian cist in 1928

(i) Fragment of 1.7 g deaccessioned from the University of Arizona Mineral Museum (UAMM), accompanied by photocopies of two UAMM labels that give the UAMM inventory number 816. One of the label copies also indicates Harvey H. Nininger as the donor;
(ii) Offprint by Heineman and Brady, 1929, about the Winona meteorite find, including a picture of the cist where the meteorite was found (offprint signed by Brady).

Broken parts of a meteorite were found in September 1928 by A. J. Townsend of Flagstaff near some prehistoric ruins 8 km northeast of Winona, Coconino County, Arizona. Specimens were brought to the attention of Prof. B. Cummings of the Archaeological Department of the University of Arizona and to L.F. Brady. Brady visited the site a few days later to make careful measurements and excavations. The meteorite was found enclosed in a cist, possibly a shrine built to contain an object of superstitious reverence. The argument advanced by Brady was that the cist being devoid of soil, the meteorite had been carefully buried, perhaps at the spot where it had been seen to fall. The total weight of c. 24 kg, together with the cist, went into possession of the Museum of Northern Arizona, at Flagstaff. The Winona meteorite was the third one found indicating an interest in such objects by prehistoric inhabitants of the southwestern part of the United States. The other two are the Navajo Iron found in 1921 and another iron found in 1922 in the Sun Temple at Mesa Verde. Specimens of the Winona meteorite resemble the "typical limonitic gossan", i.e., the oxidized, weathered, decomposed rock usually formed at the exposed part of an ore deposit (Heineman and Brady, 1929; here signed by Brady). The Winona meteorite is the type specimen of the winonaite group of primitive achondrites.

$840 / 700€

Meteorite
Provenance: AMNH / ETH Zurich
Date: Early 20th century
Weight: 14.7 grams

A unique Willamette meteorite part slice with AMNH documentation

(1) Willamette meteorite part slice of 14.7 grams, originally from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with AMNH label copy. Accompanied also with a label copy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ). The first label (original one remaining in the ETHZ collection) informs us that the original specimen was "Part 18" of AMNH 2234 with a weight of 120 grams. From there, the ETHZ specimen was reduced to 99.7 grams, ETHZ no. IR-33a. Finally this slice was made in September 2005. AMNH2234 can be tracked back in several AMNH collection catalogues: in Reeds (1937:637) with a weight of 2,284 grams & in Mason (1964:32) with 2,067 grams.
(2) Photograph of the Willamette meteorite on display at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History (photographic paper, stamped and annotated on the back). Typed text on the back reads: "#314965 First floor corridor, Hayden Planetarium, showing Willamette Meteorite". Two stamped texts read: "Oct 7 1949" and "Please credit photograph to the AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY New York"; accompanied by five postcards representing the Willamette meteorite on its stand, often with visitors curious of the giant space rock (only 3 shown), two press photographs of the Willamette cast (not shown) and a Willamette magic lantern photograph (also not shown here).

Price on request

Reference collection
Provenance: W. Haidinger / WNSE / Am. Institute Mining
Date: Published 1859-1869

Chromolithographs of meteorite falls depicted by W. Haidinger

Omnibus of 15 original meteorite monographs by Wilhelm Haidinger (hard-bound by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers with their book plate, most articles still in original wrappers, 3 articles with stamp "H. A. Ward No."): 1. (1869) Der Meteorit von Shalka in Bancoorah und der Piddingtonot; 1a. (1859) Die Meteoritenfalle von Quenggouk; 2. (1859) Der Meteorit von Kakova; 3. Die Calcutta-Meteoriten, von Shalka, Futtehpore, etc.; 4. (1861) Das von Herrn J. Auerbach in Moskau entdeckte Meteoreisen von Tula; 5. (1859) Der Meteoreisenfall von Hraschina; 6. (1860) Eine Leitform der Meteoriten; 7. (1863) Das Carleton-Tucson-Meteoreisen im k.k. Hof-Mineralien-Cabinete; 8. (1859) Uber die Bestandtheile des Meteorsteines vom Capland; 9. Die organische Substanz im Meteorsteine von Kaba; 10. (1859) Uber die Bestandtheile des Meteorsteines von Kakova im Temeser Banate; 11. (1859) Notiz Uber den Meteorit von Aussun im. k. k. Hof-Mineralien-Cabinete; 12. Die Localstunden von 178 Meteoritenfallen; 13. (1868) Licht, Warme und Schall bei Meteoritenfallen; 14. (1867) Die Tageszeiten der Meteoritenfalle verglichen; 15. (1868) Der Meteorsteinfall am 9. June 1866 bei Knyahinya. - Wilhelm von Haidinger (1795-1871) was an Austrian mineralogist whose interest in meteorites commenced in 1847 with the fall of the Braunau iron. As head of the geological survey of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire, he was able to aid substantially in the acquisition of meteorites for the Vienna cabinet. After Partsch's death in 1856 and Moritz Hornes appointed custodian of the collection, Haidinger was considered to be joint custodian until illness forced his retirement in 1866. He turned over to the museum the Kakowa meteorite which had fallen in 1858 in Romania and sent to the geological survey. He wrote in his report on the meteorite: "is a veritable jewel, a manifestation of the zeal, knowledge, and perseverance of our Vienna, our Austrian fatherland. This was the view guiding me, when I handed over the Kakowa stone" (Burke, 1986:178) (see plate of article #2). Other plates depict the Hraschina fall (#5), stones of the 1808 Stannern and 1837 Gross-Divina falls (#6) and both fall and a stone from the Knyahinya meteorite (#15).

$1320 / 1100€

Collection catalogue
Date: Published 1843

The first ever stand-alone meteorite collection catalogue

Partsch, P. (1843), Die Meteoriten oder vom Himmel gefallene Steine und Eisenmassen im k.k. Hof- Mineralien-Kabinette zu Wien. Wien, 162 pp., 2 pls. - Soon after the foundation of the Imperial Natural History Cabinet in 1748, the Viennese curators began to collect meteorites. The first meteorites to enter the collection were from Hraschina and Tabor, transferred from the Imperial and Royal Treasury to the Natural History Cabinet by Ignaz von Born in 1778. During Abbot A.X. Stuetz directorship, the number of meteorites increased to 7. After Stuetz's death in 1806, Carl von Schreibers was appointed director; he became an avid collector of meteorites and proposed to have them in a separate display room. Paul M.J. Partsch worked as a voluntary clerk and became curator in 1835. Chladni came to Vienna in 1819 to study the collection and to finish his treatise (Chladni, 1819) in which von Schreibers published as appendix a catalogue of 36 meteorites for the Vienna collection (8 pp.). Later on, Partsch published the first ever stand-alone meteorite collection catalogue, which included 94 localities with 258 specimens. Burke (1986) described it as the first published complete list of meteorites from a museum collection.

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Collection catalogue
Date: Published 1825

Chladni's catalogue: The first private meteorite collection catalogue

Chladni, E. F. F. (1825), E. F. F. Chladni's Beschreibung seiner Sammlung vom Himmel herabgefallener Massen. Nebst einigen allgemeinen Bemerkungen von Ebendemselben, Heft 2, Archiv fur die gesammte Naturlehre, pp. 200-240 (hardbound, with bookplate "Sammlung Günther Schmid Goethe", Tricottet Collection stamp)

$890 / 740€

Meteorite
Provenance: F. Wöhler, w. label / J.L. Smith, w. no. / Harvard
Date: Fell 1492
Weight: 1 gram

Ensisheim fragment with pedigree: The oldest documented meteorite

Ensisheim cut fragment of 1 gram formerly from the Friedrich Wöhler (1800-1882) and J. Lawrence Smith (1818-1883) collections. It is accompanied by a Wöhler label and carries a small piece of paint, typical of Smith inventory numbers (see forensic analysis by Mignan, 2016, Fig. 4). It is interesting to note that in a letter to Benjamin Silliman dated 22 Feb. 1861, Wöhler wrote: "I can send you fragments (honestly not very big ones) from the meteorites, of which I have [undecipherable], from: Ensischeim (fallen Nov 7, 1492), from [...]" (source: Johns Hopkins Libraries). Since all the Smith collection was donated to the Harvard University, this specimen had to be deaccessioned from that institution. This was confirmed by collector Bill Kroth, who obtained it from Harvard in 2002 with another specimen of 3.6 grams (unknown private collection). Only the other specimen had a paper tag from Harvard. It remains unclear if both specimens fit to each other.

ON HOLD

Meteorite engraving
Provenance: Hext family
Date: Published in 1783

An accurate representation of the Great Meteor of 18th August 1783

Mezzotint of the Great Meteor of 18th August 1783, drawn by Henry Robinson. This is one of the two known representations of the 1783 bolide (Beech, 1989). A caption at the bottom of the image reads: "H. Robinson delin. | An accurate Reprefentation of the Meteor which was seen on Aug.t 18.th 1783. - At first it appeared as one Ball of Fire, but, in a few Seconds, broke into many small ones. | It's course was from N.W. to S.E. - This extraordinary PhÏnomenon was of that Species of Meteor which the great Phisiologist D.r Woodward and others call the | Draco volans or Flying Dragon. - The above View was taken at Winthorpe near Newark upon Trent, by Henry Robinson, Schoolmaster. - and Published by him | as the Act directs, 14. Oct.r 1783. - This plate is inscribed to Roger Pocklington Esq.r by his much obliged humble Servant, Henry Robinson." It is not known how many copies of this print were produced by Robinson but they were already considered scarce in 1863 (Beech, 1989). Another known copy can be found at the British Museum (e.g., Moss, A. A. (1967), Meteorites, a concise account, British Museum, publication no. 660 - included). The present copy, since its accession by The Tricottet Collection in 2011, has been featured in several books, as well as in the permament meteorite exhibit in the Meteorite Hall of the Natural History Museum of Vienna. The image was originally found within a book purchased at the Hext Sale by the Tennants auction house, England. The Hext family was from Lake District, England. Major Charles Wilfred Hext (1880-1919) collected tribal artefacts from the Abor tribes people - and photographed the material, such as jewellery, weapons and traditional costume (on their person), prior to labelling them. His son, Major John Wilfred Barratt Hext (1917?-2009), continued the family's military traditions, and one of his passions was collecting British military medals and railway memorabilia - Accompanied by (1) Brandstaetter F., L. Ferriere and C. Koeberl (2013), Meteoriten: Zeitzeugen der Entstehung des Sonnensystems. Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Ed. Lammerhuber (in German and English). Inscribed by L. Ferriere; (2) Nicholl, C. R. (2015), The Great Christ Comet, Revealing the True Star of Bethlehem. Crossway, Wheaton, IL, USA, 365 pp.. Inscribed by the author; (3) Golia, M. (2015), Meteorite. Nature and Culture, Reaktion Books, London, 208 pp.

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Historic fossils, shells & other recent organisms

Art work
Provenance: Christopher Locke (artist), signed
Date: created in 2015
Dimensions: 11 x 10 x 3 cm

"Modern Fossil" mockup by Christopher Locke

Tetris Gameboy cartridge fossil in matrix, by Christopher Locke, mockup for the artwork commissioned by The Tricottet Collection in November 2014, and part of Locke's Modern Fossil project started in 2008. From the artist's website:

"[Modern Fossils] are made from actual archaic technology that was once cutting-edge. Most of these examples were discovered in the United States, although the various species are represented all over the world. It is sad, but most of these units lived very short lives. Most people attribute the shortened lifespan to aggressive predators or accelerated evolution, but this is not necessarily true. It has been shown recently that the true demise of most of these specimens came from runaway consumerism and wastefulness at the high end of the food chain."

Modern Fossils have been created in limited series (e.g., Nintendo controller Dominaludus nintendicus, Atari joystick Hilarofustis atarium) from molds of original sculptures (later on recycled) by Locke. For The Tricottet Collection, we commissioned a cluster of original Tetris cartridges embedded in some rock-like matrix. Based on this request, Locke created in July 2015 the perfect Tetris fossil specimen, poured in natural clay and named Kasetnus tetrominae. Available for sale is the mockup of this work, signed on the back: "CHLOCKE! HEARTLESS MACHINE.COM".

$150 / 125€

Art work
Provenance: Dolf Veenvliet (artist), signed
Date: created in 2011
Dimensions: 23 x 30 cm (box)

An entomological collection from another world

An entomological collection from another world, from the mind of artist Dolf Veenvliet. Entoforms are life shapes, grown in a computer, printed in 3D, and collected by artist Dolf Veenvliet. The name originates from "form" for the shape variations of the synthetic creatures and from "entomology" since they ressemble insects and are curated in the same way entomological specimens are, i.e., they are pinned and labelled on non-acidic paper in entomological boxes. Entoforms are also referred to as "future fossils". Shapes are generated from DNA-like text codes, inputs to Python scripts run on the open source Blender 3D software (it seems that the project has been discontinued a few years ago). This set of two entoforms, named "Art" and "Natural History", were commissioned by The Tricottet Collection in 2011; the box is signed "macouno" and dated.

$300 / 250€

Book
Provenance: James G. Greenway / Charles Vaurie
Date: Published in 1958

Greenway's "Extinct & Vanishing Birds of the World" (association copy)

Greenway, J. G. (1958), Extinct and Vanishing Birds of the World, American Committee for International Wild Life Protection, Spe. Publi. no. 13, 518 pp. (association copy, inscribed by the author to C. Vaurie on front free endpaper, colour frontispiece plate and numerous b/w illustrations, original cloth boards with gilt to front panel, Vaurie's bookplate to the front pastedown).
James Cowan Greenway (1903-1989) was an American ornithologist. An eccentric, shy and sometimes reclusive man, his survey of extinct and vanishing birds provided the base for much subsequent work on bird conservation. In 1929 Greenway became a partner in the Franco-Anglo-American Zoological Expedition to Madagascar. The expedition was sponsored by the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle, Paris, the British Natural History Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Greenway then left Madagascar to Indochina where they collected additional zoological specimens. In 1932 he joined the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University as Assistant Curator of Birds until 1952 to then become Curator until 1960. During the 1930s he participated in several collecting expeditions to the Caribbean. In 1960 Greenway left the MCZ for personal reasons. Based back at his Greenwich estate, his subsequent ornithological work was carried out in association with the AMNH. In 1962 he became a research associate in the Department of Ornithology there, a position he retained until his death. He began work on a list of the type specimens of birds held by the museum, a massive project not completed at the time of his death. Greenway is best remembered for his 1958 work. Greenway had kept a file detailing extinct and at risk birds for years prior to the publication of the book, one of 3 published by the American Committee for International Wildlife Protection which were the precursors to the IUCN Red List which details species at risk of extinction. Charles Vaurie (1906-1975), to whom the book is dedicated, was Curator at the Department of Ornithology at the AMNH and a well known ornithological expert.

$95 / 80€

Model, photograph
Provenance: Various
Date: Photograph dated 1941

Petrified oddities

(1) Photograph from Detroit News dated 20 October 1941 and showing an intriguing rock composition suggesting the shape of a giant crustacean (press photograph, annotated on the back). The back reads: "These are remains of a fossil crab found on the beach. They are exhibited by Milfred LANGFELD of Camperdown."
(2) Press photograph from The Oregonian and dated 24 October 1987, showing artist Richard Cook with one of his creations, fossil "Horribilevisu". The newspaper clipping (on the back of the photograph) reads: "Port Angeles artist Richard Cook displays a 'Rhinoceros Fish' carving. Latin name 'Horribilevisu', meaning horrible to look at. Cook's fake fossils are on exhibit at the Cascade of Gems show through Sunday at the Expo Center".
(3) Replicas (88 x 46 x 35 mm) of a claimed out-of-place object, the "Fossilized Human Finger", produced by D&D Studios, Inc. (Mansfield, Texas) for the Creation Evidence Museum (CEM, Glen Rose, Texas). The replicas represent an elongate rock specimen (before and after being cut for analysis) "found by a landowner where road gravel was being quarried from the Cretaceous Walnut Formation of the Commanche Peak limestone" (CEM website, 1995). The shape of the stone resembles the one of a human finger. Carl Baugh, a creationist and Founder/Director of the CEM, purchased the original stone in the mid-1980's and claimed that it was an actual human finger fossil dating back to the Cretaceous. Baugh also claimed that patterns observed in CAT-scan images represented human bones inside the finger. For a detailed rebuttal of the claim, read G.J. Kuban, 'An Alleged Cretaceous Finger', at http://paleo.cc/paluxy/finger.htm. The original stone is exhibited at the CEM with other claimed out-of-place objects (e.g., the "London Hammer", the "Hand Print in Stone", etc.).

$110 / 90€

Books
Provenance: Various
Date: Published in 1934-1991

Famous cryptids: The Loch Ness monster, Sea Serpents, The Mothman

(1) The Loch Ness monster: The New York Times (1934), Camera catches the Loch Ness Monster. Article from: Sunday, April 22, 1934 issue (Edition made from rag pulp, which is superior to normal wood pulp. It was produced on a very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton and linen content. This high quality paper was an expensive process used for library subscriptions. The Times discontinued the rag edition in 1953) - The "Surgeon's Photograph" (pictured on the cover page of this NYT issue) is one of the most iconic Nessie photos;
(2) Sea Serpents: Lester, P. (1984), The Great Sea Serpent Controversy: A cultural study, Self-published, 24 pp. (stappled, original blue wrappers, from P. Haining's library); Accompanied by a letter from the author to Peter Haining, dated 1st March 1986, which reads: "I am writing wondering if you, as a very considerable expert on the literature of the occult, and an anthologist I greatly admire, might know the reference for a work on zombies by Inez Wallace... As something of a quid pro quo I enclose a copy of my work on the Great Sea-Serpent which is an edited chapter of my Ph.D. thesis, Myths, Monsters & Popular Science: A Cultural Study..." - Peter Alexander Haining (1940-2007) was a British journalist, author and anthologist;
(3) The Mothman: Keel, J. A. (1991), The Mothman Prophecies. IllimiNet Press, GA, 275 pp. (softcover, inscribed "To John White - Scholar, gentleman, bibliophile and fellow collector of totally worthless debris, Best - John A. Keel", from the John White library sold by his son in 2010s) - John Alva Keel (1930-2009) was an American journalist and influential Ufologist who is best known as author of The Mothman Prophecies.

$190 / 160€

Fossil & collection catalogue
Provenance: J. Miquel, w. handwritten catalogue
Date: c. 1925

A fossil specimen, labelled and catalogued by Jean Miquel

Five tiny shell fossils from the Jean Miquel collection, with matching handwritten label and 8-pp. collection catalogue. The label reads: "Venericardia onerata Deshayes, Lutétien, Gueux Marne". It is listed p. 2 of the catalogue "Lutétien de la Champagne (Le Bassin de la Marne)" - Jean Miquel (1859-1940), jurist by training and owner of the Barroubio winery, Languedoc, France, was an amateur naturalist who significantly contributed at the turn of the 20th century to the improvement of the geological knowledge of his region. Miquel spent all of his life investigating geological sites surrounding the Barroubio domain. His passion for natural history emerged from an encounter with the President of the Natural History Society of Béziers, Prof. Cannat, who teached him the basics of geology. Through his life, he found interest in geomorphology, archeology, and prehistory and amassed an important collection. Autodidact, he learned from local researchers and by corresponding with renowned European paleontologists. After 1925, Miquel spent most of his time cataloguing and labelling his old finds as well as other ones collected by workers on his domain and by colleagues (Alvaro and Vizcaino, 2002:727). He traded part of his large collection of fossils with European museums and universities. In 1927, geology laboratories of Montpellier and of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) bought what remained from the Miquel collection of fossils. This collection is described in detail by Thoral (1935). What was left from the collection, including some manuscripts, was donated to the local museum of Minerve (Hérault, France). Cataloguing was done with a new numbering system in the 1950s (?) by Mr. Filhol, a local prehistorian. The present catalogue and fossils originate from there.

$290 / 240€

Fossils
Provenance: Horsham Museum
Date: Turn of the 20th century (TBC)

An antique collection of fossils carved out of the Chalk

The Horsham Museum (HORSM) was founded in 1893 by members of the Free Christian Church, based on Worthing Road. The minister J.J. Marten and the Sunday School teachers proposed the creation of a museum "as a means of increasing knowledge among the young people," and a Museum Society was set up to promote collecting among its members and to offer talks and excursions to places of interest. At first the museum collection was displayed four times a year from 1893 until 1920. The main focus of the early collections was natural history, geology and curiosities. In 1928 Park House was sold to the Urban District Council and the old kitchen was made available to the Museum Society as a room for its first permanent display. At the end of WWII, Causeway House came up for sale. Horsham historian William Albery offered the town his large collection of documents and items from his Saddlery collection on condition the Museum was found a permanent home. West Sussex County Council bought Causeway House and the Museum's future was assured [left]. In 1966 Horsham Urban District Council took over the running of the museum and with the creation of Horsham District Council in 1974 the Museum became part of the new Council. In 1999 the museum was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to improve storage, displays, cataloguing (including computers) and the fabric of the building. Since 2002 when the project finished the museum has continued to develop. Among its wide variety of collections the museum has a catalogued collection of fossils, the best of which are displayed in the Flints and Fossils Room (The Hidden Treasures of Sussex Museum). This fossil suite includes: crinoids [1], fish teeth, bones and coprolites [2], molluscs [3], sponges [4], and urchins [5]. Painted numbers and modern labels must date back to the 1999 recataloguing phase. Antique labels [6] are likely from the 19th century and possibly written by famous local collectors (e.g., Henry Willett of Brighton?). The suite also includes a postcard of the Horsham Museum

$470 / 390€

Biography & Carte de visite
Provenance: Elise & Harry Nordlinger (bookplate)
Date: Published in 1887

Biography of Louis Agassiz, including his correspondence (with CDV)

Edited by Elizabeth Cabot Cary Agassiz (1887), "Louis Agassiz, His Life and Correspondence" (The Riverside Press, 7th ed., pp. 1-400 (vol. I.), pp. 401-794 (vol. II.)) provides a rare glimpse into Agassiz's life and research, between Europe and the United States. Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807-1873) was a biologist and geologist, a scholar of natural history and the founder of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Accompanied by a Carte de Visite of Agassiz at his desk (with starfish and microscope).

$60 / 50€

Manuscript
Provenance: G.-F. Dollfus
Date: 1875

Geological sections sketched by G.-F. Dollfus in 1875

Two geological sections sketched by Gustave-Frederic Dollfus (1850-1931), a French geologist who worked at the Service de la carte géologique de la France. One side reads “Mortefontaine - 25 octobre 1875” and the other one “Vers chemin du jeu d’arc 25 oct. 1875”. This document, yet to decipher and to compare to published works, describes the strata observed at two sites near Mortefontaine, part of the Bartonian of the Paris Basin. It is accompanied by a postcard from a Henry Lafitte to Dollfus, confirming provenance. Note that the contrast was enhanced on the present images.

$120 / 100€

Engravings
Provenance: Produced by Margaret Gatty
Date: 1840-1844

Landscape engravings by author/collector of ‘British seaweeds’

Landscape prints by M. Gatty, signed "MG" and dated 1844 and 1840 (106 x 61 mm, 60 x 67 mm, respectively). Margaret Gatty (1809-1873) was a children’s book author and naturalist, well known for participating to the Victorian craze for collecting seaweeds. She wrote ‘British seaweeds’ in 1863 where she explained for instance how to collect specimens. Gatty amassed a large collection of marine material that was donated to Weston Park Museum by her daughter Horatia. She was a highly skilled printmaker in etching, with which she illustrated some of her own writings.

$150 / 125€ each

Engraving
Provenance: Produced by William Daniell
Date: c. 1809

Seaside images of molluscs in their natural habitats

Two handcolored aquatints of molluscs, "Cowry" and "Solen" by William Daniell (plate area within large margins). William Daniell (1769-1837) was an English landscape and marine painter, and engraver. These images are featured in 'Interesting Selections from Animated Nature' (1809) and the second also in the 'Zoography' of W. Wood (1807).

$90 / 75€

Historic objects from past & present civilizations

Documents
Provenance: Various
Date: 1990s

Studies of alien civilizations (annotated photos, signed books, letters)

(1) Archive on the "monuments of the Moon and Mars": (i) Leonard, G. (2013), Somebody else is on the Moon. Reprinted and published by R. S. Marshall, WeirdVideos.com, 302 pp. Signed by the publisher (1st paperback edition of the 1976 book); (ii) Marshall, R. S. (2013), Moon Mars Momuments Madness, Is anyone else on the Moon? The Search for Alien Artifacts Volume 1. R. S. Marshall, Weirdvideos.com, Anacortes, WA, USA, 331 pp. Inscribed by the author; (iii) Marshall, R. S. (2015), Moon Mars Momuments Madness, Alien Artifacts Volume 2, Is there anyone else on Mars? R. S. Marshall, Weirdvideos.com, Anacortes, WA, USA, 295 pp. (2nd ed.) Signed by the author. Includes some original NASA photographs of the lunar (numerous) and martian (5) surfaces originally purchased in the 1990's by Marshall for his research (with Marshall's annotations).
(2) 1996 *U* UFO Database Mapping and Research Tool Package by ufologist Larry Hatch including two 3.5" floppy discs in original sleeves (with Hatch's address stamped), instructions for installing the program and summary of contents, and 2 letters from Larry Hatch to Mr Spencer dated 28 May 96 and 04 Jun 96 (typed one-page letters, signed - package kept in manila folder with "UFO COMPUTER DISC" annotation by Spencer). Letters are basically thank-you notes for the purchase of the database and of its updated version. Also include notes on installation steps and on updated content. This database originally sold for $49.50 and was advertised and reviewed in the January 1995 issue of MUFON Journal. Although recognized as a major contribution to the field of ufology (compiled by ufologist Larry Hatch over a period of about 20 years!), the database was not maintained due to Hatch's health issues and is now unreadable due to the antiquated format (Microsoft DOS on floppy disk). Richard (Dick) Spencer, the recipient of the database, spent decades collecting and researching UFO phenomena.

$350 / 290€

Scrapbook
Provenance: H. Barlow
Date: c. 1956

"Scrapbook of Fortean & Biblical UFO Data"

A scrapbook from an unknow Mr. H. Barlow about Fortean phenomena and ufology: Barlow, H. (c. 1956), "Scrapbook of Fortean & Biblical UFO Data by - HB" (42 pp., handwritten and typed notes, drawings and newspaper clippings). Examples of drawing captions include: "Lights in sky, profound darkness, shocks, fall of black substance! (in Canada & N. U.S.) U.F.Os dunpings?" (pp. 18, top left) ; "'Pygmy flints' found in England, India, France, S. Africa" (pp. 21, top right); "Austria - A 'Block' of metal found in Tertiary coal! (now in the Salsburg museum) (composition of metal: iron, carbon, small quantity of nickel, Pitted surface, hard as steel!) Cube-shaped, 2 opp. faces rounded. deep incision all around it. Believed to have fallen from space in Tertiary times? (Could cavemen have worked it?)" (pp. 30, bottom left); "1886, Oct. 1 to 1886, Oct. 21-22 Report of Fall of Water in one spot, afternoon about 3 o'clock, for past 3 [weeks?], sometimes out of a clear sky, @ N. Carol" (pp. 31, bottom right).

$240 / 200€

Historic scientific & engineered devices

Historic art & entertainment memorabilia