NERI, Antonio

The Art of Glass, wherein are Shown the wayes to make and colour Glass, Pastes, Enamels, Lakes, and other Curiosities. Written in Italian by Antonio Neri and translated into English [by Christopher Merrett] with some Observations on the Author; whereunto is added an account of the Glass Drops, made by the Royal Society, meeting at Gresham College.

Published: London: Printed by A. W. for Octavian Pulleyn

Date: 1662

first edition in English small 8vo. [2 (title)], [3 (dedication)], [1 (blank)], [16]. 352pp., modern tan calf backed marbled boards, smooth spine with red morocco label gilt, lacks the preliminary imprimatur leaf, Neri's text is here complete but lacking are the final 7 seven leaves (of appendicies, see below) but with additionally 6 folding engraved plates on glass-making processes from another contemporary work, title page and last leaf little dusty else very good.

ESTC r5202. Antonio 'Neri's L’arte vetraria distinta in libri sette' was first printed by Giunta in Florence in 1612. This translation by Christopher Merrett was made for the Royal Society as part of its plan to provide handbooks to the various trades useful to experimental scientists. The dedication to Robert Boyle and the note to the 'Ingenious Reader' are both signed C. M. (ie. Christopher Merrett). It includes Merrett's commentaries, as well as his observations on Neri's technique for making lead-glass. Lacking at the end of this copy are 'An Account of the Glass Drops' which were brought to England from Germany which was given to the Royal Society by Robert Moray in 1661 (p.353-362), an appendix on furnace tools (p.363-5), and a list of errata (p.354). Neri (1576-1614), Florentine priest and chemist, travelled in Holland and Italy and in this work disclosed the techniques of Venetian glassmaking. Merrett (1641-1659), English physician and botanist and first libarian of the Royal College of Physicians, published works on natural history and medicine.


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