De Re Metallica Libri XII, Agricola, 1561

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Facsimile of the 1561 edition printed in Basel, original preserved in the Royal Library of the Monastery of El Escorial.

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Facsimile of the 1561 edition printed in Basel, original preserved in the Royal Library of the Monastery of El Escorial. It consists of 582 pages in format 23.5 x 32.5 cm, in which 272 delicate woodblock prints drawn by Basilius Weffring, who spent three years of his life, turning the work into an artistic treasure are integrated. The binding is handcrafted natural goat leather, hand-stitched, with nerves, stamped with the escurialense grill, aged tinted with gold edges, respecting the current state is the original. Limited and numbered print run with affidavit.

Volume up study of 704 pages with the first Spanish translation of the work of its original Latin, so it can be said that this is a first edition in Spanish.

De re metallica, original works of Georg Bauer, better known by the Latin version of his name, Agricola. Like El Cid, the great battle won after death, seeing light, four months later, his De re metallica libri XII. We are facing the most representative works of Renaissance engineering. Its contents, clear, precise and innovative in many ways, has helped geologists, miners and smelters for centuries.

The great humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam was a fervent admirer of the innovative work of Agricola. Moreover, an alchemist tried to jump on the bandwagon of Agricola falsely attributing the authorship of a book on the philosopher’s stone.

Agricola spent the twenty most productive years of his life to writing De re metallica. His knowledge of the classics, his medical condition and ennoble apothecary studies of geology and mining, away centuries of the overriding interests of theologians and philosophers of nature. Moreover, the delicate drawings Weffring Basilius, who devoted three years to make the work in an artistic treasure able to seduce the most sensitive and demanding spirit.

Visitors to the Monastery of El Escorial be seen at room Felipe II a copy of this book. The excellent state in which the work is a clear testimony that the Jeromes librarians and Augustinians, along five centuries, have managed to perform, following the express request of Felipe II, a good guard and custody of countless faithful treasures, both print and manuscripts, with which the researcher can be found in the Royal Library of the Monastery of El Escorial.

The two books are delivered with a carrying case overall of 22.4 x 34.2 x 15.7 cm., Made in leather and fabric. Total weight of the work: 6,856 gr.

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