I was travelling and away from my library when this request went
Hopefully this will still be helpful:
On Divers Arts by Theophilus. Dover Press. Pragmatic how-to book,
circa 1100 AD, covering a host of metal and glass topics by an actual
It’s a good read.
The Pirotechnica of Vannoccio Biringuccio, by Vannoccio Biringuccio,
Dover Press. Pragmatic how-to book, circa 1530 AD, on metallurgy and
Has a big section on casting, but I forget whether he uses sand
casting, lost wax casting, or both.
The Traditional Crafts of Persia by Hans Wulff, MIT Press. Covers a
wide variety of crafts as practiced in Persia circa 1930 AD. However,
a lot of them at that time were very much the same as those practiced
in the middle ages (and before). Wulff is careful to note when he
believes artists are using a new technique vs. a long standing
Metal Casting by Steve Hurst, ITDG Publishing. Covers a variety of
low-tech methods of casting, including medieval West African and Inca
methods. (I found the Inca method to be quite unique.)
Persian Metal Technology 700-1300 AD by James Allan, Ithaca Press.
Stronger on metallurgical info than crafting techniques, but an
excellent resource for those delving into older technologies.