I always thought that in 1837, Pierre Louis Antoine Cordier (1777-1861) prepared the first catalogue of the meteorite collection for the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in
. See The history of meteoritics and key meteorite collections: Fireballs, falls and finds, ( Paris , Geological Society, 2006), 168-169. London
However, an associate of mine, Dr. Renaud Mathieu of
, pointed out that there was an earlier catalogue of meteorite holdings for the Muséum published in 1813 by Lucas and Haüy. See J. A. H. Lucas, Tableau méthodique des espèces minérales, seconde partie, (Dhautel, Paris, 1813), 369-371. Toulouse
Renaud informed me that the volume can be viewed on Google Books at:
As noted, 369-371 contain the catalogue.
I realized after receiving this information that Lucas’catalogue predates von Schreiber’s catalogue of the
collection which appeared as an Appendix to Chladni’s Über feuer-meteore. See E. F. F. Chladni, Über feuer-meteore, und über die mit denselben herabgefallenen massen, (Vienna, J.G. Heubner, 1819), 427-434. Vienna
Schreiber’s catalogue is usually considered the first published meteorite catalogue for a collection of meteorites. See The history of meteoritics and key meteorite collections: Fireballs, falls and finds, p. 140.
Part 1 of Lucas’ work is actually selling on eBay at present, but is was published in 1806, and does not contain the catalogue under discussion.
The eBay listing (for information only - I have nothing to do with the sale) can be seen at:
So does Lucas now hold the title for preparing the first published meteorite catalogue? Looks that way, unless someone out there knows otherwise!