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Ottavio Brembati
BREMBATI, Ottavio, <i>Conte</i>.

BREMBATI, Ottavio, Conte.
(1602 - 1675)

(Born: Bergamo, Italy, 1602; Died: Bergamo, Italy, 1675) Italian aristocrat, jurist & naturalist.

Brembati was an amateur naturalist who for pleasure studied botany and mineralogy.

Biographical references: ABI: I 201, 164-168. Jöcher, Gelehrten-Lexikon, 1750-51. Mazzuchelli, Gli Scrittori d'Italia, 1753-63. WBI.

La Mineralogia, 1663

1. Italian, 1663.
La | Mineralogia | Del Conte | Ottavio Brembato | Diuisa in quattro Libri, | Nella quale vien descritto l'vso di | cauar le miniere, purificarle, | & separarle per ridurle | in perfetto metallo. | Consacrata | Al Gran | Monarca | Delle Spagne. | [ornament] | In Bergamo, 1663. | [rule] | Per li Figliuoli di Marc' Antonio Rossi. | Con licenza de' Superiori.

8°: A-E8 F9; 70l.; [1]-136, [4] p., frontispiece, title page vignette. Head- and tail-pieces. Page size: 150 x 108 mm.

Contents: [Frontispiece].; [1-2], Title page, verso blank.; [3]-6, Dedication to Don Filioppo IV, dated 14 August 1663.; 7-8, "Illustrissimo Comiti | Octavio Brembato | ..."; 9-10, "Argomento."; 11-136, Text.; [4 pgs], "Tavola | De Capitoli."

Very rare. In this mineralogical work, the author divides the subject into four books, that provide in-depth discussions of locating mineralized veins in caves and mines, how to extract the mineralized ore, and reduce the ore to a perfect metal.

Facsimile reprint, 1991: La mineralogia. Introduzione di T.Mannoni. A cura di M.Tizzoni. Firenze, All'Insegna del Giglio 1991. XXVIII, 73 p. Contains an introduction describing Brembato's work.

Bibliographical references: Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 163.

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