Plat, Hugh; The Jewel House of Art and Nature: Containing Divers Rare and Profitable Inventions......Wherunto is added A rare and excellent Discourse of Minerals, Stones, Gums, and Resins; with the vertues and use therof By D. B. Gent. London: Printed by Bernard Alsop, and are to be sold at his house in Grubstreet, near the Upper Pump. 1653. Small quarto, pp. ornately ruled title page, viii, 232 pages, figure verso of title page.
The work is complete and in a contemporary calf and marbled boards with gilt titles. The binding is tight, scuffing to boards and margins, light soiling to text margins. In very good condition.
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Hugh Plat (1552-1611) received his degree at St. John's College, Cambridge in 1572. He devoted his later research and attention to natural science, practical invention and agriculture publishing the results of his studies in several works, that went through numerous editions. His work “The Jewel House” was first published in 1594 and appeared in several editions with each being different. The Jewel House was Plat’s first work and of particular interest to the mineralogist for the essay by Arnold de Boate (1600-1653).