Basileae: Ludovici Regis, 1621. Leather. Very Good. Item #6352
Third Latin edition. Folio. [330 x 200 mm], bound in 6's, pp. [x], 538, . Contains approximately 300 woodcuts and 2 fold-out diagrams, along with some head and tail pieces. Contemporary full calf, 6 raised bands, gilt-stamped leather spine label. Early sympathetic re-backing, wear to the boards, leather to upper cover crackled, some abrasions to lower rear cover, one tiny wormhole at whitespace margin of fore-edge affecting about 15 leaves only, offsetting to the text, 2 leaves with a short tear in the fore-edge margin, just touching on the woodcut of each, signature of previous owner, M.O. Farrar with circular ink stamp: Metallurgy, Mining, Chemistry, M.O. Farrar on the front free endpaper and twice on the title-page. Overall, a very good copy of a book that is one of the most highly respected scientific classics of all time. Originally published in 1556, it is the first book on mining written using a "scientific approach" and the first to offer detailed technical drawings. It wasn't until 1912 that the book was translated from the Latin to English by the mining engineer and soon to be President of the United States, Herbert Hoover.