HETON, Thomas.

Some Account of Mines, and the advantages of them to this kingdom. With an appendix relating to the mine-adventure in Wales.

London: Printed by W. B. for John Wyat…1707

8vo, pp. (xxiv), 171, (5). Title within double-ruled border. Contemporary panelled calf (joints cracking, foot of spine worn), raised bands on spine, green morocco label. Short (2 cm.) wormtrack in last 5 leaves and endpapers touching one letter, but a nice copy.

FIRST EDITION. “A work on the advantage to Great Britain of developing its mining industry… In the preface Heton traces the history of mining in Britain, indicating the valuable metals and minerals that have been found: e.g., gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, iron, alum, and copperas. There is a detailed list of mining and metallurgical works referred to by Heton, including authors from Agricola to Webster. Also listed are alchemical titles from Albertus Magnus to Trevisanus. Strongly chemical in content, the book covers the extraction and refining of metals, the supposed growth of metals in ores, and transmutation, and ends with six chapters on individual metals: gold, silver, copper, lead, tin and iron. The appendix (pp. 161–171) discusses the famous silver, copper and lead mines recently discovered by Sir Carberry Pryce (d. 1695) which were bought by Sir Humphrey Mackworth (1657–1727), with their progress to date. Very rare” (Neville I, p. 634, illustrating the title-page). Hoover catalogue 419. Kress 5924. This was the only edition, although the remaining sheets were reissued in 1721.


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