Arte vetraria distinta in libri sette
"Ne quali si scoprono, effetti marauigliosi, & insegnano segreti bellissimi, del vetro nel fuoco & altre cose curiose, all'Illust.mo et Eccell.mo Sig., Il Sig. Don. Antonio Medici.
P. 23 numbered 13; p. 43 has upside-down 3; p. 69 numbered 96; p. 81 numbered 51; p. 93 numbered 39.
Label copy from the 1950s: The first book entirely devoted to glassmaking. The earliest complete book on the art of glassmaking is the work of a Florentine priest who had been a chemist and an artisan in the famous workshops at Murano near Venice. Neri discusses all the phases of glassmaking, from the preparation of the salts to the production of artificial crystal. As to the coloring of glass, he claims to reveal some hitherto unknown secrets. He give instructions for coloring glass to imitate any jewel or any flower, "with a new method for making them more beautiful and longer lasting." He even describes a process for making transparent red glass which he says is "a new thing in Europe." Neri's Art of Glass is not intended for the popular reader, but for the experienced artisan. In various translations and reprintings, it served glassmakers for over a hundred years after 1612, when this first edition appeared at Florence. This copy is in its original vellum covers.
C. 1 digitized by Boston Photo Imaging in September 2009.
C. 1 and c. 4 in preservation boxes.
C. 1 displayed in the exhibition titled "Selections from the Rakow Research Library", held at the Rakow Research Library March 19-May 17, 2015.
C. 2 rebound in vellum; c. 3 left disbound; c. 4 Pelliot (Chambon copy).
F-3113, 2 sheets.