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Pirotechnia, year 1550


The Pirotechnia, art and technique of fire is the first book printed on metallurgy, applied chemistry, manufacture of gunpowder, guns, bells, glass, etc. Biringuccio, director of the arsenal of the papal armies, offers us in this work the first printed jewel in the history of technology.

Thesaurus de Remediis Secretis, 1557


Thesaurus of Remediis Secretis (The Treasury of Secrets Remedies), facsimile edition of the work of Conrad Gesner, 1557, published in Lyon. Original preserved in the Royal Library of the Monastery of El Escorial.