BIRINGUCCI, Vanuccio. Pirotechnia. Li dieci libri della pirotechnia, nelli quali si tratta non solo de la diversit delle minere, ma ancho quanto si ricerca alla prattica di esse: e di quanto s'appartiene all'arte della fusione over getto de metalli, e d'ogni altra cosa questa somigliante, [?Venice: ?per Comin da Trino di Monferrato], 1558. 4 (206 x 147mm.), title within elaborate woodcut border, numerous woodcut illustrations, historiated initials (lacking final leaf of text X8, but supplied in manuscript, C1 with printing flaw, 2 words and signature supplied in manuscript, a few stains, light waterstaining at beginning and end, light marginal soiling), old-style calf (spine faded, front cover with a few scuff marks), scored old ownership inscription on title.
Third edition, first published in 1540. Pirotechnia "is the first comprehensive book on the fire-using arts and one of the classics in the history of science and technology". Not only were four editions of this popular work printed in Venice before 1600, it was also translated into Italian, French, Latin, German, and English. Biringuccio (1480-1538 or 1539) "stressed the use of minerals and metals - their alloying, working, and art of casting, and he gave the earliest account of typecasting and the making of statues, medaillons, and bells. Agricola freely borrowed several sections of Pirotechnia for use in his later work" De re metallica (Hoover). Adams B2083; Hoover 131; Wellcome I, 874.