For obvious reasons, afficionados of our county’s history know a thing or two about mining. This book, part of the Strutt Library, is by Georgius Agricola (1494-1555), the “father of mineralogy”, and goes into the subject in some considerable detail. It is illustrated too, as you can see from these pictures:
[2018: Images of this book have been deleted to make room for future posts – however, the book is still available in the Strutt Library, and the text can be found online.]
The Strutt Library’s copy of “De Re Metallica” is not a first edition, however: it only dates back to 1657, when the text was published in Switzerland.