GEORGIUS AGRICOLA t. DE RE METALLICA. TRANSLATED FROM THE FIRST LATIN EDITION OF with. Biographical Introduction, Annotations and. De Re Metallica By: Georgius Agricola Originally published in , Agricola’s De ReM etallica was the first book on mining to be based on field research. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. A Presidential Classic The original edition of De Re Metallica (On the Nature of Metals, or Minerals) by Georg Bauer, writing.

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De Re Metallica

Originally published inAgricola’s De ReM etallica was the first book on mining to be based on field research and observation — what df would be called the “scientific approach. For almost years, Agricola remained the only authoritative work in this area and by modern times it had become one of the most highly respected scientific classics of all time.

A book more often referred to in literature on mining and metallurgy than any other, its Latin text prevented it from being as widely used as it might have been.

Inthe book was translated by former President Herbert Clark Hoover and his wife. Printed in a limited edition, the work was quickly bought up by book collectors, historians, and medievalists, who had found that there was much to be learned from its pages.

The book contains an unprecedented wealth of material on alluvial mining, alchemy, silver refining, smelting, surveying, timbering, nitric acid making, and hundreds of other phases of the medieval art of metallurgy.


The text even covers the legal aspects of mining the use of boundary stones, forfeitures of titles, safety requirements of tunnel building in the s, and so on. But the plates, perhaps more than anything else, have insured Agricola’s continued importance.

Brilliantly executed drawings, richly detailed, reveal a whole medieval world of machinery, industrial technique, tools, even costume and architecture. All of the original woodcuts are reproduced in this reprint of the edition, offering students of the period, commercial artists, engineers, metallurgists, and even curious general readers an unforgettable picture of the first age of technology.

De Re Metallica By: Product Description Bonus Editorial Product Details Originally published inAgricola’s De ReM etallica was the first book on mining to be based on field research and observation — what today would be called the “scientific approach.

Reprint of English edition. Publication was delayed, however, until the illustrations that supplement and ornament the work were completed. De Re Metallica was a comprehensive treatise on the state of the art at the time of mining, refining, and smelting metals. Illustrated with finely crafted woodcut illustrations, it was one of the most beautifully illustrated books produced in the first century of printing, and immediately became one of the landmarks of early scientific and technical printing as well.

However, until the early years of the twentieth century, the book was only available in the original Latin version, affordable by only wealthy collectors and institutions, and meallica only by those who knew Latin. Hoover graduated from Stanford in with a degree in geology and during the years before the start of World War One worked as a mining engineer primarily in Australia and China. Through his professional interest in mining, and with the assistance of metaklica wife Lou Henry Hoover, a Latin scholar who had studied geology in collegeHoover translated De Re Metallica into English.


De Re Metallica

Founder and first President of Dover Publications Hayward Cirker wrote to Hoover suggesting that Dover, then less than ten years old and publishers of what could only be described as a modest list of books of scientific interest, would like to reprint the Hoovers’ translation of De Re Metallica in a new edition.

Over a period of time, Cirker convinced Hoover to do it. Inthe Dover edition came out. On the wall in Dover’s Mineola office is a framed letter from President Hoover thanking Hayward Cirker for sending him the Dover edition of De Re Metallica and expressing satisfaction that the venture seemed to be working out well.

Now in its sixty-first year as a Dover book, first in hardcover, now in paperback, Dover’s De Re Metallica is now one of the most successful books Dover has ever published.

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