“Of Great Importance”

Printed on “Schreibpappir”

Meisznische Land und Berg-Chronica, In welcher...Bergwercken, sampt zugehoerigen Metall und Metallar beschreibungen...

Each title within an elaborate woodcut pictorial border, two full-page engravings, & numerous woodcuts & maps in the text, woodcut initials and head- & tailpieces. First title printed in red & black. 6 p.l., 449, [15] pp.; 4 p.l., 205, [6] pp. Two vols. in one. Folio, cont. vellum over boards (binding a little soiled, light browning throughout as is always the case). Dresden: “durchaus auff Schreibpappir gedruckt,” 1589-90.

First edition, and a fine copy, of this early mining book, splendidly printed on special paper (“Schreibpappir”). “This work is of great importance in connexion with the early history of mining in Saxony.”–Zeitlinger, 2nd Supp., 13976. Albinus’s book also contains valuable information on the output of gold and silver along with details on the magnet-stone, wolfram, and many other metals.

The present book contains much original information on the life and works of Agricola and is also of great significance for the early history of European porcelain manufacturing. For more on this see W. Prandtl, “Zur Vorgeschichte des Meissner Porzellans” in Chymia, Vol. IV (1953).

Albinus (1534-98), was professor of poetry and mathematics at the University of Wittenberg and historiographer to the Electorate of Saxony.

Very nice copy. Foot of spine a little defective. Bookplate of Hans Joachim Höupler. Attractive copies of this book are scarce.

❧ Ferchl, p. 6–“die sehr viel hütten-chemische Nachrichten enthält. Quelle über das Leben Georg Agricolas.” Hoover 43.

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 3204

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