Translation of Cancrinus’ First Principles of the Science of Mining and Salt Mining
1980. "Translation of Cancrinus’ First Principles of the Science of Mining and Salt Mining", First Principles of the Science of Mining and Salt Mining, Franz Ludwig Cancrinus, Elvi Legal Bordeau
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Asking permission of Her Imperial Majesty to dedicate to Her most humbly these First Principles of the Science of Mining and Salt Mining supasses by far all privileges which I could have ever hoped this modest work to earn.
It is a small manuscript by volume, perhaps the first of its kind, and just for this reason it depends upon great protection: but what privilege could be greater and what recommendation stronger than that I might be permitted to set before it most humbly the Most High Name of Her Imperial Majesty, the noblest and wisest Sourvereign?
May it please Her Imperial Majesty to dt3m it worthy of Her gracious attention, wherewith to further just those arts and sciences by which Her Most Gracious Highness already has earned fame in the world: May it please Her Imperial Majesty to : egard it most graciously as a memorial of the deepest deference over which the great and noble character of the praiseworthy Souvereign will spread its luster unto the remotest lands: And would Her Most Gracious Highness grant permission that I, with all the emotions caused by this, most numble may kneel at Her feet and remain in deeply bowed servility.
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Cancrinus’ work, First Principles of the Science of Mining and Salt Mining, which was published in twelve volumes between the years 1773 and 1791 in Frankfurt, Germany, was the first attempt to organize and coordinate the existing mineralogical, geologic, and engineering knowledge of its day into a comprehensive tome of applied technology. It was translated into Russian, and parts of it into French, and was considered the most complete standard work of reference at the time. As such it documents the achieved knowledge of the time as well as its errors and misconceptions. For this reason it is an important artifact in the history of science and technology. Then, as now, it would appear that technology lagged behind science. Library investigation has revealed that this work was published as twelve volumes in ten books. This translated volume is the first part containing the mineralogy.