Pirotechnia

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1990 - Science - 477 pages
First clear work on metallurgy, published in 1540, describing in detail the equipment and processes of 16th-century mining, smelting and metalworking. This is the definitive English translation, with a historical introduction to the author — a Siennese metallurgist and armament maker. Illustrated with reproductions of 94 original woodcuts.
 

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Contents

Preface
13
The ore of gold
26
The ore of silver
45
The ore of copper
49
The ore of lead
54
The ore of iron
65
The practice of making steel
67
The practice of making brass
70
Rock alum and its ore
98
Arsenic orpiment and realgar
105
Common mineral salt and many other artificial salts IOZ 9 Calamine zaffre and manganese
113
Io The lodestone and some of its effects II4 II Bole ochre emery and borax II6 12 Azure and green azure II7 13 Rockcrystal gems and other glasses I...
117
THE SEPARATION OF GOLD FROM SILVER
181
Preface
207
THE ART OF CASTING IN GENERAL AND PARTICULAR
213
Preface
279

THE SEMIMINERALS
74
Preface
77
Quicksilver and its ore
79
Sulphur and its ore
86
Antimony and its ore
91
Marcasite and its quality
92
Vitriol and its ore
95
3a The method of melting metals in crucibles
293
THE SMALL ART OF CASTING
323
Preface
335
MATERIALS AND THE PROCEDURES FOLLOWED
403
Saltpeter and the procedure of making it
409
The Last
444
Appendix B Weights and measures
457

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