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Very good+. Publishers quarter cloth and papered boards. Very light wear/marking to covers. 60pp. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Discovery of Subterraneall Treasure, A; viz....
Editorial: Facsimile of the I. Okes; London edition of 1639; reprinted for The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy; London by The Scolar Press; Ilkley.
Año de publicación: 1980
Condición del libro: Very good+
Edición: Limited facsimile edition.
Descripción London, J. Oakes for Jasper Emery, 1639, 1639. 4to (187 x 138 mm), pp [x, without initial blank] 60; title slightly browned, a few minor stains, a very nice, crisp copy in early speckled calf, gilt rules on sides, rebacked.First edition of this book of secrets, principally devoted to the discovery of minerals but also with a valuable section on dyeing. The lodestone is mentioned, as are 'the new plantations, New England, Virginia, Bermudas, etc.' and the mines in Peru. It is the first English work to describe the process of separating silver and gold by nitric acid.The first two chapters are on the origins of mountains and minerals, and how to locate the latter. Chapters three-seven are on the smelting and refining of lead, tin, iron, copper, and silver. The eighth chapter is on gold, including Plattes' method for detecting counterfeit gold. The ninth chapter is on the production of gold by alchemy. Chapter ten is devoted to cinnabar and mercury, and chapter eleven to coal.The final chapter (pp. 47-60) is titled Wherein is shewed a perfit way to try what colour any Berry, Leafe, Flower, Stalke, Root, Fruit, Seed, Barke, or Wood will give: Also a perfit way to make colours fixed, which will not abide the ordinary way, and is devoted to the extraction of fast dyes from vegetable sources, with several recipes given.Gabriel Plattes (fl. 1638) was a writer on agriculture and various 'books of secrets' for the enrichment of landowners. He died in extreme poverty, and left his unpublished papers to his friend Samuel Hartlib.STC 20000; Ferguson Secrets I p 17; Ron 0844; Ward and Carozzi 1792. Nº de ref. de la librería 2208