A milestone work on iron metallurgy
L'Art de convertir le Fer forgé en Acier, et l'Art d'adoucir le fer fondu, ou de faire des Puvrages de fer fondu aussi finis que de fer forgé.
Paris: Michel Brunet, 1722.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Near Fine. Item #001947
Large 4to (290 x 215 mm). 568 pp., 17 folding engraved plates by Ph. Simonneau. Contemporary full calf gilt, spine gilt in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, marbled endpapers. Some light marginal spotting and browning. Beautiful copy. ----
Hoover 677; Norman 1803; Singer, Technology III, pp. 28-29; Wolf II, p. 530; Smith, History of Metallography, pp. 102-112. FIRST EDITION. Reaumur's work on converting iron into steel is the first reliable treatise on ferrous metal metallurgy. He "revealed for the first time hitherto secret details of the process and also came very close to the correct explanation of the nature of steel, that it is iron combined with a small quantity of carbon" (Hoover). It also contains information on rendering cast iron ductile. Reaumur's scientific interests covered a great many subjects and he made contributions to various fields including industrial technology, natural history, biology and genetics.
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