Basel: Froben, 1561.
Hardcover. Very good. Second edition. Folio, 32.2 cm; pp [xii], 502, , with two full-page plates (trimmed) inserted after pages 96 and 108, printer's device on title and final page. Closed tear to lower margin of p. 33/34, minor staining to pp. 103, 395; four pages (109, 285, 382, 392) misnumbered; minimal annotation on pp. 180-85, 191-194, 213, 229. Otherwise exceptionally clean, in a (presumed) eighteenth-century binding that shows wear, but is stable and sound. A beautiful copy of "first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times....[The book] embraces everything connected with the mining industry and metallurgical processes, including administration, prospecting, the duties of officials and companies, and the manufacture of glass, sulphur, and alum. The magnificent series of two hundred and seventy-three large woodcut illustrations by Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch add to its value. Some of the most important sections are those on mechanical engineering and the use of water-power, hauling, pumps, ventilations, blowing of furnaces, transport of ores, etc., showing a very elaborate technique" (Printing and the Mind of Man 79, referring to the 1556 first edition). Provenance: sold at the Christie's Evelyn Library Sale, June 22, 1977 (lot 11), but not identified by them as having belong to John Evelyn himself. There is a pressmark (g.5.11) and bookplate of Sir Frederick Evelyn (1734-1812), John Evelyn's great-great grandson.