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Author Essential Reading Project
SimonRL

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Posted: 16/04/2009 18:17:54
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I'd like to try to compile an essential reading list, this would start off as a forum thread and then would be turned into a web page. I'll continually update it as new entries were submitted.

Hopefully it would form a useful resource for anybody starting out in mine exploration, or mining history and related industrial archeology.

Anybody who would like to suggest a title please could you respond to this thread with:

Book title
Suggested category
Author
Publisher
In print yes/no
ISBN
Possibly price and web link if available
A very brief synopsis*

* Can be very brief, I'm only really asking if people will help compile a list, not spend ages on reviews.

If there's sufficient response I'll devote the time to seeing it to completion and an eventual web page under the 'Information & Resources' section.

Thanks.
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Posted: 16/04/2009 18:33:14
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De Re Metallica
Historical
Georgius Agricola (Translated by Herbert Clark Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover)
Dover Publications inc
In print
ISBN 0-486-60006-8
£20 [web link]
Translated by Herbert Clark Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover. Originally published in 1556, Agricola's De Re Metallica was the first book on mining to be based on field research and observation and for almost 200 years it remained the only authoritative work on the subject, with only its Latin text preventing it from being as widely used at it might have been. Once translated by the former President Hoover and his wife in 1912, it quickly became a modern classic. This edition is a republication of the 1912 edition and it includes all 289 of the original woodcuts as well as four facsimile pages from the Latin original. The text covers material on alluvial mining, alchemy, silver refining, smelting, surveying, timbering, nitric acid manufacture, legal aspects on mining, the use of boundary stones, safety requirements for tunnel building and much, much more.

Tweak: Synopsis added from web link



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IP: 83.148.135.213 Edited: 16/04/2009 18:39:46 by (moderator)
Peter Burgess

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Posted: 16/04/2009 18:59:08
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Should this topic encompass essential reading that is specific to a region, as well as general mine exploration/history?

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SimonRL

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Posted: 16/04/2009 19:00:31
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Peter Burgess wrote:

Should this topic encompass essential reading that is specific to a region, as well as general mine exploration/history?


Absolutely, just indicate that in the suggested category.
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RJV

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Posted: 16/04/2009 19:02:07
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Catalogue of Cleveland Ironstone Mines
Cleveland/Ironstone
Peter Tuffs
Peter Tuffs
In print
£4.95

[web link]

[web link]

A gazetteer of Cleveland Ironstone locations including grid references, description of remains and brief histories.
IP: 83.148.135.213 Edited: 16/04/2009 19:03:24 by (moderator)
Peter Burgess

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Posted: 16/04/2009 19:12:47
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Kent and East Sussex Underground
Kent/East Sussex - mines and tunnels
Kent Underground Research Group
Meresborough Books
Out of print
£5.95
[web link]
Moorebooks holds all the remaining unsold stock, I believe.


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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 16/04/2009 19:16:33
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East Surrey Underground
Surrey - mines and tunnels
Peter Burgess
Peter Burgess
no ISBN
in print
£10.50 INC p+p
[web link]
Summary of the curious variety of underground extraction etc in East Surrey


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IP: 81.144.191.248 Edited: 17/04/2009 11:06:29 by Peter Burgess
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Posted: 16/04/2009 23:04:54
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Stone Blocks and Iron Rails
Historical
By Bertram Baxter
David And Charles 1966
£ Expensive as not common
Out of Print

This book studies the early horse drawn tramways and plateways that are associated with canals, mines, ironworks and many other industries. It charts their rise and fall, their track and engineering as well as providing a list of tramways etc and the remains.
Whilst slightly superceded by newer research it is still a classic in its own right charting re our pre railway railways up to 1830.
The bibliography at the back of the book references many forgotten articles/books and is a must for those researching the subject.


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IP: 78.150.83.126 Edited: 16/04/2009 23:07:37 by ICLOK
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Posted: 16/04/2009 23:27:03
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Pembrokeshire The Forgotten Coalfied
Historical
By M. R. Connop-Price
Published by Landmark in 2004
ISBN 1 84306 094 9
Still in print
£9.99

Long overdue at time of release. This book covers the Pembrokeshire coalfield from its beginnings in the 13th Century to its end in 1951 giving a superb overview of the mines, transportation and social history of the workforce.
It's an area of the UK that is often forgotten and Mr Connop-Price does it justice with ample facts, figures, maps and pictures. A definate for coal mining enthusiasts.
[web link]

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Posted: 17/04/2009 10:20:57
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Colonel Mustard wrote:

De Re Metallica
Historical
Georgius Agricola (Translated by Herbert Clark Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover)
Dover Publications inc
In print
ISBN 0-486-60006-8
£20 [web link]
Translated by Herbert Clark Hoover and Lou Henry Hoover. Originally published in 1556, Agricola's De Re Metallica was the first book on mining to be based on field research and observation and for almost 200 years it remained the only authoritative work on the subject, with only its Latin text preventing it from being as widely used at it might have been. Once translated by the former President Hoover and his wife in 1912, it quickly became a modern classic. This edition is a republication of the 1912 edition and it includes all 289 of the original woodcuts as well as four facsimile pages from the Latin original. The text covers material on alluvial mining, alchemy, silver refining, smelting, surveying, timbering, nitric acid manufacture, legal aspects on mining, the use of boundary stones, safety requirements for tunnel building and much, much more.

Tweak: Synopsis added from web link


You can download a scanned issue of the 1912 version from :
[web link]

Cheers

Grahami

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AR

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Posted: 17/04/2009 10:45:11
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Lead Mining in the Peak District
Derbyshire and Staffordshire lead mining
ed. Trevor Ford & Jim Rieuwerts
published by Landmark/PDMHS
ISDN 1-901522-15-6
Price - £9.99, still in print as far as I know
(Can't find this one on Landmark's own website, but I'm sure Mike Moore has copies, likewise the mining museum at Matlock Bath keep it in stock)

The standard introductory guide to the history and remains of the Peak District lead mines (and the Ecton Hill copper mines too), which includes suggested walks to view some of the best remains.


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IP: 217.205.66.110 Edited: 17/04/2009 10:50:38 by AR
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Posted: 17/04/2009 11:21:07
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Swaledale, Its Mines and Smeltmills
Swaledale Lead Mines
Mike Gill
Landmark Publishing Ltd, 2004
No
1843061317

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Swaledale-Smeltmills-Landmark-Collectors-Library/dp/1843061317

This title builds upon the earlier work of Robert Clough, Arthur Raistrick and Bernard Jennings to offer an understanding of the former industry of mines and smelt mills in Swaledale. It makes use of more recent research both in archival material and underground.
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Posted: 17/04/2009 11:47:18
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Dunham, K.C.: 1990, Geology of the Northern Pennine Orefield Volume 1 Tyne to Stainmore, HMSO,. London

Standard reference for the Alston block mines. Not only geology but also some history of the workings. Doesn't come cheap (I think £60 new) 2nd hand copies tend to be fairly expensive too.
There is a 1948 edition which is pretty good, but no grid references and obviously no descriptions of more modern workings.
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Posted: 17/04/2009 13:01:39
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English Tin Production and Trade before 1550.
Commercial and Industrial life.
John Hatcher
Clarendon Press - Oxford 1973
ISBN 0 19 828263 X
Out of print
Price: Variable, depending where you find a copy.

An original account of an important but hitherto neglected sector of England's commercial and industrial life. Also makes a significant contribution to the controversy about the rise of captalism.

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Posted: 17/04/2009 13:44:30
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The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia
David Bick
ISBN 0906885027 and 1843060752
various editions
Landmark Collectors Library edition in print I think
Price £8 to £25 on Amazon

Must have book for Snowdonia.


Gazeteer of Slate Quarrying in Wales
Alun John Richards
Llygad Gwalch
ISBN 184524074X
Price £8.95

Must have book for welsh slate
IP: 194.74.204.36
Peter Burgess

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Posted: 17/04/2009 14:15:45
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Cornish Mining (2nd Ed)
Cornwall
Bryan Earl
Publ: Cornish Hillside Publications
ISBN 0951941933

An excellent and thorough introduction to mining techniques used in Cornwall


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Mr.C

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Posted: 17/04/2009 15:30:53
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Mine Accounts & Mining Book-Keeping
by J.G. Lawn 1897
Pub. Charles Griffin & Co. London
Sounds dull but very informative. Puts the flesh round terms you see like "cost book system" etc.
Also interesting form a social history perspective, as it contains a chapter on the Engagement of Workmen & gives a good first hand account of the owners attitudes.
Well worth a read if you see a copy.

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IP: 91.111.178.44
Gwyn

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Posted: 17/04/2009 22:32:55
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The North Wales Quarrymen 1874-1922
R. Merfyn Jones. University of Wales Press. 1982.
ISBN 0-7083-0829-5

A History of Caernarfonshire 1284-1900
A.H. Dodd. Caernarfonshire Historical Society. 1968.
No ISBN. Printed by Gee and Son, Denbigh.

Gwynedd Inheriting a Revolution
The Archaeology of Industrialisation in North-West Wales
David Gwyn. Phillimore. 2006.
ISBN 1-86077-432-6

A History of the North Wales Slate Industry
Jean Lindsay. David and Charles. 1974.
ISBN 0 7153 6265 8
IP: 92.21.166.158
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Posted: 17/04/2009 22:47:47
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Gwyn wrote:

Gwynedd Inheriting a Revolution
The Archaeology of Industrialisation in North-West Wales
David Gwyn. Phillimore. 2006.
ISBN 1-86077-432-6


An excellent book indeed! It may not be entirely relevant, but contains a chapter on mining &c and has some tuly wonderful archive photos.

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Posted: 18/04/2009 15:41:37
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Tin Mines and Miners of Lanner
Community History
Sharon P. Schwartz and Roger Parker
Halsgrove
In print
ISBN 1 84114 019 8
Around £15

Far superior to most community history books. Well researched and covers all facets of the growth and decline of a community. The chapter on emigration was particularly interesting.

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The Story of Mining in Cornwall
Allen Buckley
Cornwall Editions Limited
In print
ISBN 1 904880 20 7
It's a bit expensive around £45 although I think cheaper copies can be obtained now.

As Roger Burt says in his foreword it's a sustained attempt to embrace the entirety of the subjects history. Not an easy job. Works very well I think. The photos alone are worth looking at.

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DELABOLE
The History of the Slate Quarry and the Making of its Village Community.
History of N. Cornwall
Catherine Lorigan
Pengelly Press
In print
£15
ISBN 978 0 9554792 0 5

Excellenty written on a subject that has tended to take a back seat to metal mining over the years.




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