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Originally written in the German province of Saxony in 1518 by Ulrich von Kalbe, BERGBUCHLEIN is the first mining text ever printed.

Since it was first written in 1518, the enduring legacy of BERGBUCHLEIN has been shown through it's re-publication in the 1600s, another edition published in the 1700s, and another version in the 1800s. In 1949 the text was translated into English by Anneliese Sisco and Dr. C.S. Smith and published by the American Institute of Mining Engineers. In other words, BERGBUCHLEIN has been published in virtually ever century since it was written back in 1500s.

Now for the 2000 millenium, a new English version, published in 2013, has been produced by a descendant of the Kalbe/Kolbe line.
Containing all the original woodcut illustrations and the text translated into English, it is available in both hard cover and paperback formats.

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Special thanks to the A.I.M.E. and the Society of Mining Engineers for making the current edition of BERGBUCHLEIN possible.