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Fleta Minor. The Laws of Art and Nature, in Knowing, Judging, Assaying, Fining, Refining and Inlarging the Bodies of confin'd Metals. In two parts. The first contains Assays of Lazarus Erckern...and now translated into English. The second contains essays on metallick words, as a dictionary to many pleasing discourses.
London: Printed, for the Author, by Thomas Dawks,... . FIRST EDITION, incorporating the first edition in English of the first manual of analytical and metallurgical chemistry, Lazarus Ercker's Beschreibung allerf├╝rnemisten mineralischen Ertzt (1574). Pettus's dictionary, comprising the second part, is the first dictionary of metallurgy and minerals in English. "The only one of Ercker's works to contain many drawings, it presents a systematic view of the methods of testing alloys and minerals of silver, gold, copper, antimony, mercury, bismuth, and lead; of obtaining and refining these metals, as well as of obtaining acids, salts, and other compounds. The last chapter is devoted to saltpeter. Ercker described laboratory procedures and equipment, gave an account of preparing the cupel, of constructing furnaces, and of the assaying balance and the method of operating it. He used as his model Agricola's De Re Metallica, yet he was quite original and included only the procedures he himself had tested" (DSB). This book is also the first English book on the subject to be profusely illustrated. The 43 engravings, mostly half-page or larger, depict in considerable detail the various equipment and activities of which the book treats. Wing P1906. Cole 1032. Hoover 633. Pettus was deputy governor of the royal mines and a Member of Parliament, but spent much of his life heavily in debt, and finished this book in the Fleet Prison, hence the punning title.Folio, pp. (xliv), 345, 4 leaves, pp. 133, fine engraved frontispiece portrait by R. White. With 43 engravings in the text, divisional title to the second part, both titles within rules, numerous ornate typographical initials. Contemporary panelled sheep (a few scuff marks), a fine and crisp copy.
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