L'Arte vetraria

Neri (Antonio)

L'Arte vetraria

distinta in libri sette ... Ne quali si scoprono effetti maravigliosi et insegnano segreti bellissimi del vetro nel fuoco et altre cose curiose.

Description: FIRST EDITION, woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut initials for each book, &c, washed, title page skilfully remargined, the succeeding 2 leaves and the last leaf also with marginal repairs, pp. [viii], 114, [3], 4to, modern binding using old Dutch floral paper on spine and fore-edges, vellum strip in the middle of the upper cover, gilt arms of Pope Pius VI in gilt at the centre of the covers, and his bookplate inside the front cover, sound

Publication Details: Florence: Stamperia de' Guinti, 1612

Notes: The rare first edition of the first work devoted to the manufacture of glass. Neri's L'Arte Vetraria published for the first time many of the closely guarded secrets of the craft, including techniques for coloring glass using metallic oxides to give clear and uniform colors, as well as how to produce various veined effects. Several chapters are devoted to making lead glass of high refractive index and enamel (or opaque) glass by the addition of tin oxide. It is believed that Neri learned the art of glassmaking at Murano, near Venice, and to have continued his studies of this and other chemica...more

Bibliography: (Cicognara 1726; see Ferguson II, p. 134-35 (later edition) note; Partington II, p. 368; Norman 1582)

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Price: £8,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1612

Stock Number: 57546

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