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Gold, silver, platinum and mercury, 1869.

Gold, silver, platinum and mercury, 1869.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm


Nugget of gold, California; scales of gold, Australia; capillary silver, Sonora, Mexico; nugget of platinum, Choco, Colombia; scales of platinum, Ural; cinnabar or native vermilion, Spain. Cinnabar produces a red pigment used in dyes. Illustration from 'Underground life, or, Mines and miners' by Louis Simonin (1830-1886), published in London in 1869.

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