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Posted: 30/01/2010 14:37:10
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Having played around with Google Books quite a bit, i've found some excellent freely downloadable books although it can be a bit of a black art to find them.

Mainly stuff from the 1800s thats long out of copyright, but often the quoted source material for even current books.
The sort of thing that generally costs an arm and a leg from rare book dealers.

Here are a few links to general stuff and things that were of interest to me, thought it might be good to start a thread where people can share things they find.

Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain Mineral Statistics
1853-1854 [web link]
1855 [web link]
1856 [web link]
1857 [web link]
1858 - Part 1 [web link]
1858 - Part 2 [web link]
1859 [web link]
1860 [web link]
1861 [web link]
1863 [web link]
1864 [web link]
1865 [web link]
1866 [web link]
1867 [web link]


A geological survey of the Yorkshire coast - Young 1828[web link]

An account of the mining districts of Alston Moor, Weardale and Teesdale - Thomas Sopwith 1833 [web link]

The laws which regulate the deposition of lead ore in veins - William Wallace - 1861 [web link]

A DICTIONARY OF ART, MANUFACTURES, AND MINES - Andrew Ure 1808[web link] [web link]
IP: 82.5.181.28 Edited: 30/01/2010 14:42:12 by christwigg
christwigg

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Posted: 30/01/2010 16:22:40
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A few more.

Mining and Smelting Magazine 1862 - 1864
Vol 1 [web link]
Vol 2 [web link]
Vol 3 [web link]
Vol 4 [web link]
Vol 5 [web link]
Vol 6 [web link]
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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 30/01/2010 23:42:46
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I have found Google Books can turn up some interesting surprises. When searching, especially for older volumes, remember that the scanning software used will usually have read the old style letter s as an f. So, for example, a search for Merftham is necessary to find very old references rather than Merstham. Also a good idea to mug up on older variations of placename spelling such as Reygate or Ryegate instead of the modern Reigate.


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christwigg

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Posted: 31/01/2010 10:09:52
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Yes, some good points made by Peter there.
Discovered something similar with Grosmont local to myself being refered to Gromond in older literature

The following have a good scattering of mine related articles too with an excellent series of plates towards the end of each.

Proceedings - Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1847 – 1849 [web link]
1851 [web link]
1852 [web link]
1853 [web link]
1854 [web link]
1855 [web link]
1856 [web link]
1857 [web link]
1858 [web link]
1859 [web link]
1860 [web link]
1861 [web link]
1862 [web link]
1863 [web link]
1864 [web link]
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Posted: 01/02/2010 12:54:00
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An otherwise excellent resource with one flaw - like the Open Library - in that whoever they had scanning the books did not think fit to fold out folding plates when scanning - so all one gets is an edge of a plate! A shame really.

Grahami

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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 01/02/2010 13:07:57
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So here is a challenge. What is the oldest item in Google Books that you have found with good mine-related information?

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RJV

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Posted: 01/02/2010 13:16:09
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Well Agricola is there in Latin just in case the English version is too light for you. No idea whether its an original edition but if it is its from 1530.

[web link]

Might read it over tea...



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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 01/02/2010 14:07:12
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Oh well - that's the end of that little competition then!

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Peter Burgess

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Posted: 01/02/2010 14:18:01
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Not including books I was already aware of before Google Books was invented, this is the oldest I have found, I think.

[web link]

Stuff in here about Chaldon quarries, and other sites.


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Posted: 06/02/2010 19:11:27
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Go to the Internet Archieve and search the texts using single key words such as mining, geology or colliery. You should find enough to keep yourself amused for days. Download time can be painful once North America starts to wake up.

If ye olde pit fitter can get it to download then it should be easy peasy. I'm old enough to have seen steam winding in action. I originate from Iclock's neck of the woods and started my time at Moorgreen then moved to Ollerton. Joined the army and settled back in Ollerton in one of the Butterly Estate houses.

Regards Phil, clock number 1146
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Posted: 09/11/2011 08:36:38
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A text-book of ore and stone mining (1894)
Author: Foster, Clement Le Neve, Sir, 1841-1904

http://tinyurl.com/bwk887a
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Posted: 17/07/2012 13:46:34
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Resurrecting another old thread with some additions

The geology of the South Wales coal-field

5 Merthyr Tydfil [web link]

6 Bridgend [web link]

7 Amanford [web link]

10 Carmarthen [web link]

The Iron Ores of Great Britain (All 4 volumes) [web link]
Pt. 1. Iron ores of the North and North Midland Counties of England
Pt. 2. Iron ores of South Staffordshire
Pt. 3. Iron ores of South Wales
Pt. 4. Iron ores of the Shropshire coal field and of North Staffordshire

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