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Vannoccio Biringuccio Describes the "Fire-Using Arts, Including the First Description of Typecasting

1540
<p>Title page of the first edition with its elaborate scientific and technologically themed woodcut border. From Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.</p>

Title page of the first edition with its elaborate scientific and technologically themed woodcut border. From Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, D.C.

In 1540 Italian metallurgist Vannoccio Biringuccio published De re pirotechnia at Venice. De re pirotechnia was the first comprehensive treatise on the pyrotechnic or "fire-using" arts, including mining, metallurgy, applied chemistry, gunpowder, military arts and fireworks. Significantly for the history of printing, it contained the first description of type-casting.

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