Lima: Imprenta de los Huerfanos, 1817. ,271,pp. Several errors in pagination. Small quarto. Ex-lib. Contemporary limp vellum. Vellum lightly soiled. Dampstaining to first two leaves, some minor soiling. Very good. Item #WRCAM40908
The first Latin American and only Lima printing of this celebrated treatise on mining and metallurgy. First published in Madrid in 1640, this is the first significant work on the subject in Spanish, and the first work on mining in the Americas. Alvaro Alonso Barba (1569-1662), of Andalusian origin, took orders and departed for South America in 1588. He was pastor in Potosi, Peru, the center of an important mining region, where he could observe all the latest technological developments in the field of mining. While in Peru, he studied mineralogy and the art of extracting and testing the silver, so abundant in Potosi. Upon publication his book was an immediate success and was subsequently published in English, French and German. MEDINA (LIMA) 3325. VARGAS UGARTE 4361. PALAU 23626.