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SCHLÜTER, Christoph Andreas

De la fonte des mines, des fonderies, &c. traduit de l'allemand... le tout augmenté de plusieurs procédés & observations; & publié par M. Hellot, de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, & de la Societé Royale de Londres

Paris: chez la veuve Pissot; Jean-Thomas Herissant; Pissot, fils, 1750--53
2 volumes 4to: [a]4 b–d4 A–3G4, 228 leaves, pp. xxx [2] 424; [a]4 b4 A–3O4, 248 leaves, pp. xvi 661 [3] (last page blank), titles in red and black, woodcut headpieces in vol. I, engraved headpiece in vol. II signed ‘Le Lorrins inv. B. Audran sc.’
59 engraved plates: frontispiece signed 'Le Lorrins Inv. Audran. Sculp.' (bound in vol. II); 3 plates numbered Planche I/II , III and IV (i.e. I and II on a single plate; bound as throwouts after p. 412 in vol. I); and Pl. 1–55, signed 'B. Audran. Sc.' (
Condition: 249 x 190mm. A very good clean copy.
Binding: Contemporary English calf, spines with small centre ornaments in compartments, red title labels, volume number on vol. 2 only, sprinkled edges. Rubbed, head and tailcaps of vol. II chipped. A nice set, evidently from a single source, the bindings not qui
Provenance: Hopetoun House bookplate, probably acquired by John Hope, 2nd Earl of Hopetoun (1704–1781). The library was sold at Sotheby's February 1889 (see Quaritch Dictionary p. 158-9).
First edition in French, a translation of Schlüter's Gründlicher Unterricht von Hütte-Werken, (2 vols, Braunschweig, 1738, with 58 plates) and other works by various authors, edited and augmented by Jean Hellot.
Bibliography: Hoover 724; Ward and Carozzi 1977.

The work was commissioned by the government and Hellot acknowledges the technical assistance of ‘le sieur Koenig, Ingénieur des Mines’ who had worked in France for ten or twelve years. Hellot (1685–1766) was admitted to the French academy of sciences in 1735 as a chemist. He then travelled in England and was elected to the Royal Society in 1740. The massive series of finely engraved plates showing furnaces and foundries provide details of smelting and metallurgical operations.
Keywords:     chemistry