Pryce, W.


A Treatise on Minerals, Mines and Mining: Containing the Theory and Natural History of Strat, Fissures, and Lodes, with the Methods of Discovering an Working of Tin, Copper, and Lead Mines, and of Cleansing and Metalizing their Products; Shewing Each Particular Process for Dressing, Assaying and Smelting of Ores. To Which is Added, An Explanation of the Terms and Idioms of Miners. D Bradford Barton Ltd. Truro 1972.
Facsimile reprint of 1778 Ed. [iv] + [xxxiv] + xiv + [i] + [i] blank + 331pp. Port. frontis., 2 folding tables, 7 plates including 3 folding. Amateur rebind in modern gilt lettered leather. With 9pp. of Subscribers. William Pryce (bap. 1735, d. 1790), surgeon, mineralogist, and antiquary. ODNB ... With commercial interests in local mining, Pryce appreciated the advantage of bringing coal more cheaply to the local tin and copper mines. As a result, he initiated a scheme to build a quay at Portreath in 1763 but failed to meet his part of the costs; his shares were sold in 1767. Some time thereafter Borlase encouraged Pryce to develop his notes on mining into a book. He drew on manuscripts on the history of mining in Cornwall, adding information obtained from his own observations and from local experts, as well as from such diverse characters as Cookworthy (on the divining rod) and Matthew Boulton (on Watt's improvements to the steam engine). [the above work] was published by subscription in 1778 ...
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