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Georg Meyer
MEYER, Georg.

MEYER, Georg.

1. German, 1595-7.
Bergwercks Geschöpff/ und | wunderbare Eigenschafft der Metalsfrüchte. | Darine grund= | licher Bericht Der Gebrige/ | Gestein/ Gange vnd derselben an= | hengenden safften/ krefften and wirckung/ | als an Gold/ Silber/ Kupffer/ Zinn/ Bley/ | Quecksilber/ Eisen/ vnd anderen | Mineralien. | Auch wie die Edlen Gestein/ | so wol die Metals arten geferbet/ er= | kand/ vnd mit Gottes Wort vergli= | chen werden. | Vornemlich dem Allmechtigen | Gott zu lobe/ vnd aller Christlichen | Obrigkeit zu ehren/ auch menniglichen zu | nutz vnd guter nachrichtung in | Druck verferiger | Durch | Georgen Meyern. | M. D. XCV. | Cym Gratia Et Privilegio.

8°: [16], 168, [6] p. Title in red and black. Implied imprint: Leipzig, Abraham Lamberg for Henning Grosse, 1595.

Very rare. Only edition. Among the books on mining published in the sixteenth century, the one by Georg Meyer is one of the rarest. In contrast to the works by Agricola, Entzelt. Matthesius, and Ercker, it hardly ever appears on the market. The book is dedicated to the Emperor Rudolph II, the patron of Tycho Brahe and Kepler who was a strong supporter of alchemy. At the beginning is a 4 1/2 page poem in praise of miners. The text is then divided into thirteen chapters dealing with ores, metals, minerals, antimony, mercury, bismuth, sulphur, salt, and saltpeter, with a short section on glassmaking in the last chapter.

Bibliographical references: BL [446.a.36.]. Koch, Geschichte bergmännischen Schrifttums, 1963: p. 45 and no. 328. LKG: III 33. Wellcome Catalog (Books): 1, no. 4313.

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