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    Herbert Hoover Signed Presentation Copy of Georgius Agricola De Re Metallica. London: The Mining Magazine, 1912. First edition in English. Signed on the front flyleaf: "the Sincere Regards of Herbert Hoover." Folio. xxxi, 640 unopened pages. Index. Reproductions of all 270 woodcuts of the 1556 edition. Publisher's original binding with black stamped spine and four raised bands. Boards are lightly soiled. Light foxing of the front and rear endpapers. Housed in a brown cloth over board trifold case and matching slipcase with attached title label. Slipcase shows moderate wear.

    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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