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Freibergius, so called ; . 10 For discussion of (Venice, Biringuccio see Appendix B. The proper . title is . De La Pirotechnia 1540). "Hermolaus Barbarus, according to Watt (Bibliotheca Britannica, London, 1824), was a lecturer on Philosophy in Padua. , with commentaries on the older authors. 12 The debt which humanity does owe to these self-styled philosophers must not be overlooked, for the science of Chemistry comes from three sources Alchemy, Medicine and However polluted the former of these may be, still the vast advance which it Metallurgy.

Mines, and the fortunes of many kings have been much amplified thereBut I will not now speak more of these matters, because I have by. dealt with these subjects partly in the first book of this work, and partly in the other work entitled De Veteribus el Novis MetalUs, where I have refuted the charges which have been made against metals and against miners. Now, though the art of husbandry, which I willingly rank with the art of mining, appears to be divided into many branches, yet it is not separated into so many as this art of ours, nor can I teach the principles of this as He had hand many writers upon husbandry whom he could follow, in fact, there are more than fifty Greek authors whom Marcus Varro enumerates, and more than ten Latin ones, easily as Columella did of that.

And alloying of melting, separating, of the methods touched briefly on smelting certain ores, more fully the methods of making certain juices I have refreshed my memory of those things which I myself as for many matters on which I write, he did not touch upon saw in Italy them at all, or touched but ; He and explained by reading his ; directions, the metals. 10 the of subject man Recently Vannucci Biringuccio, of Sienna, a wise many matters, wrote in vernacular Italian on This book was given me by Franciscus this Badoarius, a Patrician of Venice, and a man of wisdom and of repute he had promised that he would do, when in the previous year he was at lightly.

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