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SA Auction #95 begins on 11 Nov 2021

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Georgius Agricola

Page CCLXXXI from Vom Bergwerck (An Original Leaf from the First Systematic Treatise on Mining and Metallurgy, published in 1557)

Published: Hieronymus Froben, Basel, Switzerland, 1557

Edition: First Edition

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An original leaf from Agricola's classic Renaissance work on medieval mining.

Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch was credited as the engraver of the various woodcut illustrations throughout the text depicting the technical aspects of Medieval Mining. Most surviving copies of this book today do not have hand coloured illustrations, this leaf comes from a coloured copy. Usually, once an order was placed for a coloured copy, the book was sent to a specialist shop for this purpose. Uncoloured copies cost two thirds of the price of a coloured one.

This leaf is from the first German edition, published in 1557 - one year after the first Latin edition. The German edition is significantly rarer than the Latin edition. This work has been described as "a masterpiece of Renaissance technical writing and technical illustration" (Hoover). It treats the entire field of mining and metallurgy, including the overlapping subjects of geology and chemistry, but in particular mechanical engineering and machine technology" (Koch).

American President Herbert Hoover accomplished an intellectual feat by being the first person to translate Agricola's work from Latin into English. It was published in the same format as the original 1556 edition and was limited to 3000 copies.

The leaf is in near fine condition.

  • Overall Condition: Near Fine
  • Size: 28.5 x 18.5
  • Sold By: Rare Paper
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