4.13 Furchheim 1897

Friedrich Furchheim, Bibliografia del Vesuvio, compilata e corredata di note critiche estratte dai più autorevoli scrittori vesuviani; con un copioso indice metodico, Naples 1897

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Friedrich Furchheim’s ‘Vesuvius bibliography’ is the first and most important cataloguing tool covering Vesuvius. Born in Vienna, after studying comparative philology Furchheim moved to Naples, where he opened an international bookshop, devoting himself to the systematic study of the city’s book collections, travel guides, treatises on volcanology, periodicals and the catalogues of antiquarian booksellers. The author’s aim was to create the first modern bibliography, a systematic and complete one following on from the partial attempts made in the previous two centuries (pp. V-VIII). The work contains over 1800 titles. The first part contains entries on the bibliography devoted to Vesuvius and its eruptions since 1632, arranged alphabetically by author (pp. 1-212; 220-229), and the list of maps and views of Vesuvius in chronological order, since 1631 (pp. 213-219). The second part (Indice metodico, pp. 231-280) is a systematic classification by subject: general history and topography; description of eruptions from antiquity to 1896; chemical and mineralogical studies on “Vesuvian products”; fauna and flora; Vesuvian waters; meteorological and barometric studies (including the Vesuvian Observatory); excursions and funiculars; history and topography of the Vesuvian municipalities; literary essays; bibliographies, collections and periodicals; memoirs and travel descriptions. [ES]

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