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NERI, Antonio.
L'arte vetraria distinta in libri sette,
Florence: for Marco Rabbuiati,, 1661. The secrets of Venetian glassmakers Octavo (141 x 95 mm). Contemporary limp vellum. A little browning to one or two gatherings, a very good copy. Second edition, following the Giunti edition of 1612, of the first published textbook of glassmaking. One special appeal of Neri's book was that it revealed the carefully guarded secrets of Venetian glassmakers, which the author had pieced together from working alongside Venetian craftsmen who had relocated to Pisa and Antwerp. "L'arte belongs to the medieval tradition of manuscript recipe books. It is divided into seven books, the first being the most interesting, dealing with the materials of glassmaking and their mixing and melting to form crystal and other colourless glasses. Other sections deal with coloured glasses and the making of enamels for goldsmiths' use. Although it was noted by Galileo Â…, the book made little impression for half a century" (Day & McNeil, eds., Biographical Dictionary of the History of Technology). The publication of this second edition triggered a renewed wave of interest, with another Italian edition appearing in Venice in 1663. It formed the basis of Christopher Merret's first English translation, published in London in 1662, with a dedication to Robert Boyle, which in turn inspired translations in German, Latin, French, and Spanish, making L'Arte vetraria the best known manual of glassmaking throughout Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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