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Metallurgy: The Art of Extracting Metals from their Ores and Adapting them to Various Purposes of Manufacture. Iron and Steel.

by Percy, J.

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  • Catalogue No : 43886
  • Published : 1864
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : xvi, 934
  • Publisher : John Murray
  • Published In : London
  • Illustrations : 223 figs, 4 folding plates


John Percy (1817-1889) was an English physician and metallurgist. He invented a method of extracting silver from its ores, and proposed other important metallurgical processes and improvements. He started teaching in 1851, resigning his post at the Royal School of Mines in 1879.

In 1851 Percy analysed a large number of specimens of iron and steel collected by his friend Samuel Holden Blackwell, the results being published in volume two (1864) of his five volume work, The Art of Extracting Metals from their Ores and Adapting them to Various Purposes of Manufacture (London, 1861-1880). This work was highly influential in the world of metallurgy. Volume four, presented here includes sections on ; Physical properties of Iron; Indirect Extraction of Iron in the State of Cast-Iron from the Ore; On the Production of Malleable Iron from Cast-Iron; Steel and a Sketch of the History of Iron. The work being illustrated by the draughtsman, R.W. Mallett and engraved by James Cooper.

During his lifetime Percy made a collection of over 3700 metallurgical specimens, most of which were purchased by the South Kensington Museum, London in1889.


8vo orig. cloth, spine and rear board detached. From the Herbert Lister Bowman Library, Laboratory of Mineralogy, University of Oxford. Signature of Hugo Heinrich Wilhelm Müller (1833-1915), to title page. Müller was a German born chemist, who donated his mineral collection to Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Newspaper article from The Times, 1866, concerning the Krupp's Steel Works at Essen, loosley inserted. Poor.

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