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    Inscribed by Herbert Hoover to a Famous Mining Engineer

    [Herbert Clark Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover, translators]. Georgius Agricola De Re Metallica. London: the Mining Magazine, 1912. First edition in English. Folio. xxxi, 640 pages. Inscribed by Herbert Hoover to A. V. L. Guise on the front free endpaper. With reproductions of all 270 woodcuts of the 1556 edition. Index. Publisher's full vellum with black spine titles in ink. Moderate wear to the binding. Repaired tear to the spine, where the joint is partially split. Adhesive remnant to front board. Minor toning to the endpapers. Bottom corner of text bumped. A very good copy of a scarce title. Anselem Verener Lee Guise was a British mining engineer who wrote Six Years in Bolivia: the Adventures of a Mining Engineer.

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    Before entering politics and becoming president of the United States, Herbert Hoover worked as a mining engineer. He wrote a standard textbook on the subject. Later, with the help of his wife Lou's expertise in Latin, they collaborated in the translating and annotating of the classic 1556 work on mining and smelting De Re Metallica by Geog Bauer (aka Georgius Agricola). Theirs remains the standard English translation. The book was privately printed by the Mining Magazine for subscribers, and it is unlikely more than 1,500 were printed.



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