L'Arte Vetraria distinta in Libri Sette...Ne quali si scoprono, effetti maravigliosi, & insegnano segreti bellissimi, del Vetro nel Fuoco & altre cose curiose.
by NERI, Antonio.
Woodcut printer's device on title. 4 p.l., 114,  pp. Small 4to, 18th-cent. vellum over boards (light browning & foxing). Florence: Giunta, 1612. First edition of the first and most famous textbook devoted to glassmaking. "Neri is remembered only for L'arte vetraria (1612), a little book in which many, although by no means all, of the closely guarded secrets of glassmaking were printed for the first time. He recommended that glass be made from rocchetta (a fairly pure sodium sesquicarbonate from the Near East) and tarso, which he described as a kind of marble but which must have been some form of silica. He did not indicate the source of the necessary proportion of lime. The main part of the text deals with the coloring of glass with metallic oxides to give not only clear and uniform colors but also various veined effects. There are chapters on making lead glass of high refractive index and enamel (opaque) glass by the addition of tin oxide."-D.S.B., X, p. 23. Neri (d. ca. 1614), appears to have learned the art of glassmaking at Murano, near Venice, and to have continued his studies of this and other chemical arts in the Low Countries. "The greater part of the book is devoted to the coloration of glass, both to imitate gemstones and for the use of enamellers."-Singer et al, History of Technology, III, p. 217-(& see the detailed discussion of this work on pp. 217-19). This work went through numerous editions and translations; the first edition is rare. Very good copy. Engraved armorial bookplate of the Italian poet Domenico Rosa Morando (1734-1824). ❧ Duncan 9299. Partington, II, p. 368. See Ferguson, II, pp. 134-35-(not owning the 1st ed.). . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5235)
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