Oct 24, 2019 - Sale 2521

Sale 2521 - Lot 133

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
AGRICOLA, GEORG. De re metallica. Folding woodcut plate of measuring rods facing page 97, another of volvelle and component parts facing page 100; 290 woodcut text illustrations and diagrams. [12], 502, [74] pages, including blank last preliminary leaf and final colophon leaf. Folio, 327x223 mm, contemporary 1/4 blind-tooled pigskin over liturgical manuscript vellum boards, dated 1568 at bottom of pigskin on front cover with unidentified monogram I • F • D at top, cover corners worn; scattered mostly marginal foxing and stains, title soiled with small hole in blank upper outer corner, later underscoring and Latin and German marginalia in different hands with occasional writing in the illustrations identifying the subjects, plate facing page 100 spotted and chipped along fore edge slightly entering image of volvelle, small piece torn from blank lower margin of last leaf, free endpapers lacking. Ownership inscription of the German sculptor and medallist Christian Wermuth (1661-1739) dated 1721 on title verso. Basel: (in Officina Frobeniana per Hier. Frobenium et Nic. Episcopium, March) 1561

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Second edition, after the first of 1556, of the first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy. Hoover 18; Schuh, Agricola 14.