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The Pirotechnia of Vannoccio Biringuccio

Smith, Cyril Stanley & Gnudi, Martha Teach (translators)

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ISBN 10: 0873642236 / ISBN 13: 9780873642231
Published by American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, New York, 1943
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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xxvi, 477 pp, frontis: facsimile title page of First Edition (1540), foreword, introduction, list of 84 b&w illustrations, De La Pirotechnia: I. Every Kind of Mineral, In General; II. The Semiminerals; III. Assaying and Preparing Ores for Smelting; IV. The Separation of Gold from Silver; V. The Alloys That Are Formed between Metals; VI. The Art of Casting in General and Particular; VII. Methods of Melting Metals; VIII. The Small Art of Casting; IX. The Procedure of Various Works of Fire; X. On Certain Artificial Combustible Materials, and the Procedures Followed in Making Fireworks to Be Used in Warfare and for Festivals; Appendix: Figures from other Sources Illustrative of Biringuccio's Descriptions; index. Translated from the Italian with an introduction by Cyril Stanley Smith & Martha Teach Gnudi. The Seeley W. Mudd Series: Reprinted, 1943. "Vannoccio Biringuccio (c.1480- c.1539), was an Italian metallurgist. He is best known for his manual on metalworking, De la pirotechnia, published posthumously in 1540. Biringuccio is considered by some as the father of the foundry industry, and gives details of mining practice, the extraction and refining of numerous metals, alloys such as brass, and compounds used in foundries and explosives. The work is one of earliest technical manuscripts to survive from the Renaissance, and is thus a valuable source of information on technical practice at the time of writing. The work was printed in 1540 in Venice, and has been reprinted numerous times. It preceded the printing of De re metallica by Georgius Agricola by 14 years." Unopened Copy (leaves untrimed and still intact at folds of fore- edges), Only the slightest wear with lightly age-toned text block edges, else, Pristine Interior. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Brown cloth with cream-colored backstrip, and a brown cloth title plate with gilt lettering to spine. Size: 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 002000

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Title: The Pirotechnia of Vannoccio Biringuccio

Publisher: American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, New York

Publication Date: 1943

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Reprint.

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The complete story of Germany's sniping arms development through both World Wars. Presents more than 600 photos of Mauser 98s, Selbstladegewehr 41s and 43s, optical sights by Goerz, Zeiss, etc., plus German snipers in action. An exceptional hardcover collector's edition for serious military historians everywhere.

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The late Peter R. Senich was recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on the history of modern weapon systems and their applications. He was also a leading military historian and the author of nine books on military sniping and small arms.

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