CARC's online, scanned antiquarian texts currently comprise texts relevant to the history of gem-collecting. Choose from the books below or from the full list on the left.
Raspe, Rudolf Erich ( 1737-1794)
A descriptive catalogue of a general collection of ancient and modern engraved gems, cameos as well as intaglios : taken from the most celebrated cabinets in Europe ; and cast in coloured pastes, white enamel, and sulphur / by James Tassie ... arranged and described by R.E. Raspe ; and illustrated with copper-plates. To which is prefixed, an introduction on the various uses of this collection, the origin of the art of engraving on hard stones, and the progress of pastes ... (London, 1791)
Lippert, Philipp Daniel (1702-1785)
Dactylothecae univeralis signorum exemplis nitidis redditae chilias. (1755-1762)
Catalogue des pierres gravées, tant en relief qu’en creux de Mylord Comte de Bessborough (London 1761), including lists of the Chesterfield and Medina gems in the collection. This is the version of the catalogue in which the Chesterfield and Medina collections are separately listed.
Catalogue des pierres gravées, tant en relief qu’en creux de Mylord Comte de Bessborough (London 1761): the version of the catalogue in which the Chesterfield and Medina collections are incorporated with Bessborough’s other acquisitions.