first edition Hardcover
1738 · London
by Barba, Albaro Alonso; Gabriel Plattes; Thomas Houghton
London: Printed for C. Jephson, in West-Smithfield, for Olive Payne at Horace's Head in Round-Court in the Strand, 1738. Book. Very good- condition. Hardcover. First Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. 10 unnumbered pages, 170 pages, 10 unnumbered pages, pages 173-215, 5 unnumbered pages, 66 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates (at page 169), followed by one page listing works published by Olive Payne. Three works published as a collection. Full leather binding; expertly rebacked in new matching leather with gilt-stamped leather spine label and date stamped in gilt at the bottom of the spine. Part II-IV have special title-pages and Part IV has separate pagination. Contains the following: by Barba: A Treatise of Metals and Mines (pp -104); by Barba: The Second Book of the Art of Metals... Refining Silver... (pp -170); by Plattes: A Discovery of Subterranean Treasure... Gold to Coal... (pp -215); by Houghton: Rara Avis In Terris: or the Compleat Miner in Two Books... Lead-Mines... Art of Dialling and Levelling Grooves... ([iv], 66, [i]). Palau 23631. A collection of three separate treatises concerned with mineralogy, mining, and metallurgy, each of which had been previously been published as separate works. A few previous owner's marks of small stamps on the endpapers. 166 mm x 100mm (6 1/2" x 3 7/8"). These were collected and published together due to the rarity of the original editions and the lack of other good and competent works on the subject. England - Derbyshire. Provenance: Kenney Collection (label on front free endpaper). The rare first edition of this compilation, published in 1738..
(Inventory #: 019733)