Agricola, Georgius, De re metallica, 1912/1950

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The publication was apparently long delayed by the preparation of the
woodcuts; and, according to Mathesius,18 many sketches for them were
prepared by Basilius Wefring.
In the preface of De Re Metallíca, Agricola
does not mention who prepared the sketches, but does say: “I have hired
illustrators to delineate their forms, lest descriptions which are conveyed
by words should either not be understood by men of our own times, or
should cause difficulty to posterity.” In 1553 the completed book was
sent to Froben for publication, for a letter19 from Fabricius to Meurer in
March, 1553, announces its dispatch to the printer.
An interesting letter20
from the Elector Augustus to Agricola, dated January 18, 1555, reads:
Most learned, dear and faithful subject, whereas you have sent to the Press
a Latin book of which the title is said to be De Rebus Metallícis, which has
been praised to us and we should like to know the contents, it is our gracious
command that you should get the book translated when you have the
opportunity into German, and not let it be copied more than once or be
printed, but keep it by you and send us a copy.
If you should need a
writer for this purpose, we will provide one.
Thus you will fulfil our
gracious behest.” The German translation was prepared by Philip Bechius,
a Basel University Professor of Medicine and Philosophy.
It is a wretched
work, by one who knew nothing of the science, and who more especially had no
appreciation of the peculiar Latin terms coined by Agricola, most of which



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