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Sale 2501 Lot 227
AGRICOLA, GEORG. De ortu & causis subterraneorum Lib. V [and other texts]. 487,  pages, including blanks g6 and M6. bound with his: De mensuris & ponderibus Romanorum atque Graecorum Lib. V [etc.]. , 340,  pages, including blank q8. Together, 2 volumes in one. Folio, 313x202 mm, contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards with brass catches, lacking clasps, worn overall, spine darkened, front endpapers sympathetically renewed; contents of the first work crisp and clean apart from light soiling on title, dampstain along fore edge of a d5 and h2-3, and scattered pencil marginalia, occasional toning in the second work with light marginal dampstaining toward end. Stamp of the Bohemian German geologist Gustav Carl Laube (1839-1923) on first title. Basel: (Hieronymus Froben & Nicolaus Episcopius, September) 1546; (March) 1550
Estimate $6,000 - 9,000
first editions. The first work is a collection of some of Agricola's most important writings on geology, mineralogy, and mining, comprising the previously unpublished De ortu & causis subterraneorum, the first study of physical geology; De natura eorum quæ effluunt ex terra, on subterranean water and gases; De natura fossilium, the first systematic mineralogy; De veteribus et novis metallis, the first history of ore mining; the text of his 1530 mining dialogue Bermannus; and a Latin-German glossary of mineralogical and metallurgical terms. The second work is his monograph on ancient Greek and Roman weights and measures. Norman 19; Partington II, 44-45.