Fodinae Regales. Or the History, Laws and Places of the Chief Mines and Mineral Works in England, Wales, and the English Pale in Ireland. As also of the Mint and Mony. With a Clavis Explaining some difficult Words relating to Mines, &c. Sir John PETTUS.
Fodinae Regales. Or the History, Laws and Places of the Chief Mines and Mineral Works in England, Wales, and the English Pale in Ireland. As also of the Mint and Mony. With a Clavis Explaining some difficult Words relating to Mines, &c.

A Classic of English Mining

Fodinae Regales. Or the History, Laws and Places of the Chief Mines and Mineral Works in England, Wales, and the English Pale in Ireland. As also of the Mint and Mony. With a Clavis Explaining some difficult Words relating to Mines, &c.

Finely engraved frontis. port., two engraved plates, & two engravings in the text. Title within ruled borders. 7 p.l., 108, [7] pp. Small folio, cont. blind-ruled calf (neat repairs to ends of spine, faint dampstaining towards end), spine ruled in gilt, red morocco label on spine. London: Printed by H.L. & R.B. for T. Basset, 1670.

First edition and a fine and large copy of the standard 17th-century English work on mining, valuable for giving an account of the state of mining in England during the period. The glossary at the end is the first attempt in English at a dictionary of mining terms. The fine portrait, here in the second state (signed “W. Sherwin sculpsit”), shows Pettus aged 57.

Pettus (1613-90), was the deputy governor of the royal mines in England and Wales.

❧ Duveen, p. 468. Hoover 634.

Price: $3,750.00

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