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  • Creator translated from the first Latin edition of 1556, with biographical introduction, annotations, and appendices upon the development of mining methods, metallurgical processes, geology, mineralogy & mining law from the earliest times to the 16th century ; by Herbert Clark Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication New 1950 edition. New York : Dover Publications, Inc., 1950.
  • Physical Details
    • xxxi, 638 pages : illustrations, facsimile ; 28 cm
  • ISBNs 0486600068, 9780486600062
  • OCLC ocm03117789, ocm03117789


  • "A complete and unchanged reprint of the translation published by the Mining magazine, London, in 1912"--Title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 599-606) and indexes.


  • Biographical sketch -- Translation of Books I-XII -- I. Arguments against the art of mining art -- II. The miner and the mining of veins -- III. Veins and stringers and seams in the rocks -- IV. The method of delimiting veins and the functions of the mining officials -- V. The digging of ore and the surveyor's art -- VI. The miners' tools and machines -- VII. The assaying of ore -- VIII. Rules for the work of roasting, crushing, and washing the ore -- IX. Methods of smelting ores -- X. The work of separating silver from gold, and lead from gold and silver -- XI. Separating silver from copper -- XII. Rules for manufacturing salt, soda, alum, vitriol, sulphur, bitumen, and glass -- Agricola's works -- Ancient authors on mineralogy, mining, metalurgy -- Nomenclature to be adopted for weights and measures -- Index
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