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Lot 3426: Alvaro Alonso Barba GRUNDLICHER UNTERRICHT VON DEN METALLEN 1763 First American Rare Imprint On Mining & Geology (167 views)

Alvaro Alonso Barba GRUNDLICHER UNTERRICHT VON DEN METALLEN 1763 First American Rare Imprint On Mining & Geology
Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000
Title: Grundlicher Unterricht von den Metallen, darinnen beschrieben wird, wie sie werden in der Erden generirt; und man insgemein dabey findet. In zwey Buchern. Vormals im Spanischen beschrieben durch Albaro Alonso Barba, Pfarrherr zu St. Bernards Kirchspiel in der Kaiserlichen Stadt Potosi, in dem Konigreich Peru, in West-Indien; im Jahr 1664. Hernach in das Englandische ubersetzt durch Edward, Graff von Sandwich. Anno 1669. Und nun um seiner Vortrefflichkeit willen zum erstenmal ins Hoch teutsche übersetzt, und zum Druck befordert, durch G. R. Dieser Kunst befliessenen. Nebst einem neuen Anhang betreffend obige Materie.
Publisher: J. Georg Zeisiger
City: Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Year: 1763
Printing Information: First Edition
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 198 pages plus 4 pages of index and 14 pages of annex
Width: 5.5" Height: 8"
Book Details: The first book on mining and geology published in North America. Barba's work was originally published in Madrid in 1640 as "Arte de los metales"
Condition / Notes: Antique volume is bound in full leather, expertly restored, with raised bands and gilt-lettered spine panel. Book shows light external wear. Binding is tight. Endpapers are new. Antique slip of paper with signature has been attached to front pastedown. Age-toned pages display marginal staining and light foxing. Text is illustrated with vignettes and a single full-page woodcut illustration depicting mining instruments and a brick oven.

Text is in German.

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