Venice: Venturino Rossinello for Curzio Nav & Fratelli, 1540.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002954
8vo (210 x 155 mm). , 168 leaves. Signatures: [+]8 A-X8. Title with woodcut border illustrating pieces of machinery and with the figure of Venice in the upper part, the Nav lion device below, second Nav device on title verso, 84 fine woodcuts in text, woodcut historiated initials. Bound in 18th century carta rustica, spine titled and dated in manuscript (cover soiled and stained, extremities rubbed, two cords of binding internally broken but holding). Housed in custom slip case mimicking a half-leather-bound volume with marbled paper front and back boards with gilt-lettering to spine. Only little browned internally, light dampstaining to few leaves at beginning and end, minor occasional brown spotting, title-page stronger soiled and spotted and with 4 tiny holes, old repairs of tears at lower gutter of 3 leaves not affecting text. Provenance: Carlo Maria(?) Tadei (signature on rear pastedown, monogram C.T. dated 1785 on lower spine). A very good copy in untouched binding. ----
Dibner Heralds 38; Norman 238; Duveen p. 79; Cockle Military Books 931; Mortimer Italian 66; Wellcome 873. - RARE FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST PRINTED BOOKS ON METALLURGY. As Duveen and Dibner note, it contains the first mention of cobalt blue, manganese and the use of sodium chloride for separating gold and silver from baser metals. The sections on glass, steel and the purification of salts were adapted almost without alteration in Agricola's De re metallica, 1556. Among Birunguccio's many employments was that of director of the Sienese mint, and head of the papal foundry and munition works, and his work describes Renaissance methods of casting medallions, statues and bells; it is particularly remembered for containing the earliest known account of typecasting. The woodcuts show the use of various furnaces, pulleys and tools, and illustrate the making of bells, pottery and firearms. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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