Can anyone offer or suggest a good home for three Spanish-language mining history books?
These were given to me by the author/compiler/publisher in my time as editor of Mining
Magazine, but I now wish to dispose of them.
The three volumes come under the general title "Datos y Documentos para una Historia
Minera e Industrial de Asturias"
The author/compiler/publisher was Dr Luis Adaro Ruiz, Doctor Ingeniero de Minas,
Presidente del Consejo de Administracion de Suministros Adaro, S.A. He was at the
time I knew him, from 1988 into the 1990s, the head man of the company which carried
his name, Suministros Adaro, which amongst other things made miners' electric cap lamps.
The series of books was planned to have four volumes but there was some hitch with the
production of volume II, so I only have copies of volumes I, III and IV. The books
measure 30 cm high by 23 cm wide.
Tomo I was printed in 1981 and produced in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, of which
the one I have is numbered 867. It has 908 pages plus indexes, with 158 illustrations.
The topics covered are:
"Los Comienzas de la Mineria del Carbon de Piedra y de los Hornos de Cok"
"Le Real Instituto Asturiano"
Tomo III was printed in 1989 in a limited edition of 500 copies, of which the one I have
is numbered 296. It has 484 pages plus indexes, with 116 illustrations. The topics
"Documentation de la Mineria Asturiana (1383-1803)"
"Grabados con Escenas y Planos de la Mineria Espaņola y Europea"
In the latter context many sources are quoted, including quite a few illustrations (with
attribution) from Agricola's De Re Metallica (tastefully coloured in), plus for example
a drawing of a Newcomen pumping engine reproduced from an article by N. Chapman
in the NMRS publication British Mining No 28, published in 1985.
Tomo IV was printed in 1994 in a limited edition of 500 copies, of which the one I
have is number 64. It has 595 pages plus indexes and 189 illustrations. The topics
"Documentation de la Mineria Asturiana (1802 -1845)"
"Grabamentos con Escenas y Planos de la Mineria Espaņola y del Resto del Mundo
con su Correspondiente Documentacion"
In the latter context, the "rest of the world" means mainly Latin America, with
illustrations of Chilean miners, the School of Mines in Mexico, and so on.
If anyone would be interested, I could take some photographs of the books and send
them off list.
One problem might well be postage. The books unwrapped weigh as follows:
Tomo I 4.5 kilos (10 lbs) Tomo III 2.2 kilos (5 lbs) Tomo IV 3.2 kilos (7 lbs)
I live in Epsom, Surrey, England. The books will go free to anyone paying packing