Scarce Work on MiningAlvaro Alonso Barba, Gabriel Plattes and Thomas Houghton. Three Works on Mining. Including: Alvaro Barba. A Collection Of Scarce And Valuable Treatises, Upon Metals, Mines, and Minerals. Etc. London: James Hodges, 1739. [Bound with:] Thomas Houghton. Rara Avis in Terris: Or The Compleat Miner... London:, 1738. [Bound with:] Gabriel Plattes. A Discovery Of Subterranean Treasure; Viz. Of all Manner of Mines... London: Olive Payne, 1788. First English edition, second state. Twelvemo. [A]6, B-H12, I4, 2I-2M12. , 170,, 173-215, , 66,  pages. Two plates, engraved head- and tail-pieces. Contemporary calf, gilt rule on covers, rebacked with title on leather label. Edges rubbed, old signature of "William W. Hutcheon 8 Nov, 1828" and another on the front free endpaper, archivally repaired long tear on F4; housed in a red morocco backed slipcase with chemise. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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"The fact that the Hoover Collection contains eight editions of Barba's work is an indication of Mr. Hoover's keen appreciation of its significance. As a matter of fact the U.S. President said on many occasions that the mining techniques first elucidated by Agricola and Barba had much to do with the success of the Spanish mines of the New World. Barba who was pastor of St. Bernard's at Potosi, revealed a little too much about metals and refining for the taste of the Spanish Inquisition and his book was prohibited in Spain at that time." Hoover Catalog.
ESTC n28044. Bruning 4330. Palau 23632. Honeyman 206 (this copy.) Ferguson I, 170 (1740 edition). Ferguson, Glasgow, 160 (1740). Hoover 225 (var.). Sotheran II,13984. Caillet 705ff. Neville 73.
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