Der Durchläuchtigen Hoch-Gebohrnen Fürsten und Herren, Herrn Christiani und Herrn Joachim Ernsten, Gebrüdern, Marggrafen zu Brandenburg in Preussen…Berg Ordnung…mit Befreyung und neuen Artickuln vermehret…
by (MINING LAWS, Germany)
Title printed in red & black. 2 p.l., 84, , 15,  pp. Small folio, later 18th-century half-sheep & speckled boards, spine gilt. Bayreuth: J. Lober, 1715. [bound with]: (-). Manuscript on paper entitled "Die New gegebene Bergkfreyheit uber die Vichtelbergischen Ertzgebirge, ausgegangen den Ersten Marti des Funffzigisten Jares" by Albrecht Alcibiades, Markgraf von Brandenburg-Kulmbach. Attractive pen-and-ink coat-of-arms on title. 9 leaves (final leaf blank). Written in a fine & highly legible hand. Small folio (320 x 198 mm.). [Germany: 18th-century]. An attractive volume containing a printed edition of Prussian mining laws of 1715 and a manuscript copy of mining laws first printed in Zwickau in 1550, assembled by and bound for August Ferdinand, Graf von Veltheim (1741-1801). He was appointed in 1790 by Empress Catherine of Russia as general inspector of mines and saltworks in the western regions of the Russian empire. Geology and mining were favorite subjects and at his home in Harbke he formed an important library along with a fine cabinet of minerals and fossils. His books, with their characteristic oval ownership stamp on the verso of the title of his son Röttger, still appear on the market with some regularity. They are always in very fine condition. There are 122 "Artickuln" in the printed collection of laws. No copy is listed in North America according to WorldCat. They concern surveying, assaying standards, weighing instruments, labor laws, wages, division of profits, etc., etc. and they reflect the practical concerns and problems of operating mines. Also bound-in is an 18th-century manuscript copy, written in one neat hand on 9 leaves (final leaf a blank), of mining laws first printed in Zwickau in 1550. At end are two further printed "Resolutiones in Berg-Sachen" of Christian Friedrich Carl Alexander, Markgraf zu Brandenburg dated 28 June 1771 (2 p.l., 8 pp.). Very fine condition.
(Inventory #: 6121)
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