The Mineral Kingdom, 1903 (original German edition)
By Dr. Reinhard Brauns (1867-1937)
445 pages + 177 Color plates
Dr. Reinhard Brauns was born on August 20, 1867 in Eiterfeld near
Kassel, Germany. Reinhard published numerous contributions to
Mineralogy, Crystallography and Petrology and to the fields of
optical anomaly of crystals, the chemical mineralogy and the
minerals and rocks of the volcanic areas of the Eiterfeld, Germany.
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Digital Antiques Books - The Jeweler’s History Project
As with all the Ganoksin project books the text has been scanned
using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which means it is
searchable and useable in ways not seen in a standard pdf. Similarly
the images are separately scanned and then stitched into the text,
allowing you to zoom in for very high magnification views of the
detail in the images.
Over the last three decades we have acquired over 40 rare historical
Metalsmithing books that we will make available to jewelers,
goldsmiths and the metalsmithing community.
These books cover special techniques in depth like chasing,
repousse, engraving, niello making, Japanese chiseling, soldering,
construction, patination and metal coloring, silversmithing and
more. There are many recipes for alloys and metal surface
The manuscripts will be gradually published in a digital format over
the coming months. For the first time in history, these ancient metal
tricks and recipes will be made available to the contemporary
community of curious artists and metalsmiths. This will
allow the reader to apply the simple and ingenious procedures used by
the jewelers of the past, long dead masters of the art of
metalsmithing. Many of the tricks and recipes described will save the
maker money, as older approaches can sometimes replace modern tools.