Heron de Villefosse, Antoine Marie (Baron); De La Richesse Minerale. Considerations sur les mines, usines et salines dews differens etats, et particulierement du Royaume de Westphalie, pris pour terme de comparison. Partie premiere and atlas.. Paris, 1810-1819. Heron de Villefosse (1774-1852) was a French Mining Engineer, Mines Inspector, and political figure.
This is the first volume and rare atlas. The set is in a modern tooled calf with gilt titles. Bindings are very clean, text volume with x-lib. stamps verso of titles. In very good condition.
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The above work was his major contribution to the mineral deposits and mining industry of Europe with particular attention paid to the region of Westphalie. He describes the history of mining in Europe, the mines, mining properties, ore deposits, mining statistics with comparisons to other parts of the globe, methods of ore extraction, smelting and metallurgical processes, mining laws of various countries and administrations governing the mines of each country. The text volume will make reference to the atlas plates which provide maps, mine plans with overlays, and plates showing the various types of equipment used in the mines.