by AGRICOLA, Georgius
Woodcut printer's device on title, repeated on verso of last leaf, & a full-page woodcut illus. on p. 146. 487,  pp. Folio, 18th-cent. polished calf (joints carefully repaired), triple gilt fillet round sides, spine richly gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spine. Basel: Froben, 1546. First edition, and a very handsome copy, of "the first handbook of modern systematic mineralogy."-Horblit 2a. With the bookplate of Alexandre Brongniart (1770-1847), the well-known geologist and mineralogist (see D.S.B., II, pp. 493-97). This volume is comprised "of De Ortu et Causis Subterraneorum, in five 'books,' the first work on physical geology; De Natura Eorum quae Effluunt ex Terra, in four 'books,' on subterranean waters and gases; De Natura Fossilium, in ten 'books,' the first systematic mineralogy; De Veteribus et Novis Metallis, in two 'books,' devoted largely to the history of metals and topographical mineralogy; a new edition of Bermannus was included; and finally Rerum Metallicarum Interpretatio, a glossary of Latin and German mineralogical and metallurgical terms...No appreciation of Agricola's contribution to science can be gained without a study of De Ortu et Causis and De Natura Fossilium, for while De Re Metallica is of much more general interest, it contains but incidental reference to Geology and Mineralogy."-Hoover. Very fine copy in fresh crisp condition. A marvelous association copy, linking two of the greatest geologists. Some neat contemporary annotations in Greek and Latin throughout. Later bookplate of Jules Chappée, Le Mans, 1890. With the blanks g6 and M6. ❧ Duveen, pp. 5-6. Hoover 14. See Partington, II, pp. 44-45 for a detailed account. See also Printing & the Mind of Man 79.
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