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Kurtz abgefastes...Berg- und Saltzwercks-Buch, in welchem Alles, was in Herrn Mathesii, Eichholtzens und Suchlandes weitläufftigen Berg-Predigten und Schrifften von Berg- und Saltzwercken, Mineralien, Ertzen, Metallen und deren Zubereitungen, wie auch von Glassmachen &c. less- und merckwürdiges enthalten, kürtzlich begriffen und beschrieben ist. Nebst noch etlichen andern Tractätlein von dem edlen Saltzwercke. Item, einer neuen Invention aus Koch-Saltz Salpeter zu machen. Wie auch einem Bergmännischen Wegweiser zu verborgenen Ertz-Gängen
Finely engraved added title (very slightly cropped at outer edge) & several woodcuts in the text (one cropped at foot). 5 p.l. (incl. double-page printed title which is printed in red & black), 562, [20] pp., one leaf of instructions to the binder. 8vo, cont. fine smooth vellum over boards. Frankfurt & Leipzig: C.C. Neuenhahn, 1702. First edition of this very rare collection of texts on mining, metallurgy, and glass-making gathered and reworked by the little-known yet important Kellner (fl. 17th cent.). He took his doctor's degree in Helmstedt in 1670 and later worked in Nordhausen. He wrote a number of works on assaying and a comedy which excoriated alchemy. Kellner has used here the texts of Mathesius, Eichholtz, Suchland, Löhneysen, J.L. Gläser, and Paracelsus as well as his own writings. "Kellner's interest in scientific writing manifested itself mainly in the field of metallurgical chemistry. He wished above all to free this literature, and indeed all scientific publication, from the fantasies of alchemists. Toward this end he wrote for a lay audience and for future scientists, rather than for an exclusive circle of initiates...Among those who wrote on science in his time, Kellner was one of the more serious authors and was certainly so considered by his contemporaries...Most of Kellner's writings...were meant to be, as their titles indicate, contributions to the science of assaying. Kellner sought to state, as clearly as possible, prescriptions and methods for experimentation."-D.S.B., VII, p. 284. Fine and fresh copy. ❧ Hoover 474. See Ferguson, I, pp. 455-57-(no copy in Young collection). .
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