“ONE OF THE FIRST TECHNOLOGICAL BOOKS OF MODERN TIMES”: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF AGRICOLA’S DE RE METALLICA,
INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY TRANSLATOR HERBERT HOOVER
(HOOVER, Herbert) AGRICOLA, Georgius. De Re Metallica. London, 1912.
First edition in English of this lavishly illustrated landmark scientific work, “one of the first technological books of modern times,” translated, with annotations, by the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover, and his wife. This copy inscribed and signed by Herbert Hoover to a fellow scholar of mineralogy, “S.H. Ball, Esq., with compliments of H.C. Hoover.” $3200.