De art vitraria libri septem, & in eosdem Christoph. Merretti observationes & Notae


Published by Amsterdam: A. Frisius, 1668, Amsterdam, 1668
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FIRST EDITION IN LATIN. 12 mo. Contemp. vellum over boards with overlapping fore-edges. (26), 232, (2, blank), (233)-455, (16, index), (1, errata) pp. Engraved title page + large engraved vignette on printed title + 6 folding engraved plates + a woodcut in the text. A very good, crisp copy. "Neri (1576-c.1614), is remembered only for 'L'arte veraria' (1612), a little book in which many, although by no means all, of the closely guarded secrets of glassmaking were printed for the first time. .The main part of text deals with the coloring of glass with metallic oxides to give not only clear and uniform colors but also various veined effects. There are chapters on making lead glass of high refractive index and enamel (opaque) glass by the addition of tin oxide." (D.S.B.). Neri's unillustrated book was considerably extended over the next two centuries with the addition of copperplates and commentary. The present edition, the first appearance of the text in Latin (rendered by Andreas Frisius), was translated from the English version prepared by Christopher Merrett for the Royal Society in 1662. Merrett's 'observations' doubled the length of the book and appear here on pages 233 to 455. Duveen, p. 427. Ferguson II.134. Smith Coll., p. 342. Bookseller Inventory # 000200

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Title: De art vitraria libri septem, & in eosdem ...

Publisher: Amsterdam: A. Frisius, 1668, Amsterdam

Publication Date: 1668

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition in Latin

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