Pirotechnia

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Courier Corporation, 1990 - Science - 477 pages
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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 SEMIMINERALS
74
smelting ores
145
THE SEPARATION OF GOLD FROM SILVER
181
Preface
207
THE ART OF CASTING IN GENERAL AND PARTICULAR
213
their dimensions
260
Preface
279
2 3
323
fW
336
MATERIALS AND THE PROCEDURES FOLLOWED
403
The Last
444
Appendix B Weights and measures
457
The method of making the common acid for parting gold
471
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