(1650? – ?)
An English writer on mining and legal matters.
Biographical references: BBA: I 575, 339. Watt, Bibliotheca Britannica, 1824. WBI.
1. English, 1681 [First edition].
[Contained within a single rule box:] Rara Avis in Terris: | Or The | Compleat Miner, | In two Books; | The first containing, | The Liberties, Laws and Customs | of the Lead-Mines, | within the Wapentake of Wirksworth | in Derbyshire; in fifty nine Articles, | being all that ever was made. | The second teacheth, | The Art of dialling and levelling Grooves; | a thing greatly desired by all Miners; being a | subject never written on before by any. | With an Explanation of the Miners Terms of Art | used in this Book. | Unius Labor, multorum laborem allevar. | [rule] | By Thomas Houghton. | [rule] | London: | Printed for William Cooper at the Pelican | in Little Brittain 1681.
12°: A-E12 F5; 65l.; , -105,  p. Diagram (p. 102). Title within rules.
Contents: [2 pgs], Title page, verso blank.; [4 pgs], "To All | Miners | ..."; [1 pg], "Ad Amicum suum | valde Ingenium."-signed Robertus Webster (=poem).; [1 pg], "To his loving Friend Thomas | Houghton" (=poem).; -105, Text, "...Inquisition..."-dated 10 October 1665.; [1 pg], "The last Operation in Dialling."; [4 pgs], "A Table shewing the Con- | tents of the Articles."; [1 pg], "The Contents of the Second | Book."; [1 pg], "Advertisement."; [9 pgs], "An | Explanation | Of The | Miners | Terms of Art | Used in this | Book."; [1 pg], Blank.
Very scarce. "An explanation of the miners term of art used in this book" p. - Table of contents: p. - at end. Errata: p.  at end.
Bibliographical references: Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 257. Hoover Collection: no. 435. Wing: H2933.Rara Avis in Terris: or, the Compleat Miner. (London, 1740).
See under: Barba, Alvaro Alonso..