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Monument élevé a la gloire de Pierre-Le-Grand, ou Relation des travaux et des moyens méchaniques qui ont été employés pour transporter à Pétersbourg un rocher de trois millions pesant destiné à servir de base à la statue équestre de cet empereur, Avec un examen physique et chymique du même rocher.
Paris: Nyon and Stoupe, 1777. Paris: Nyon and Stoupe,, 1777. The invention of ball bearings, making possible one of the great engineering feats of the 18th century Folio (423 x 280 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, red morocco label, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, red edges. With 12 folding engraved plates, most double-page, by Sellier and d'Elvaux after Blarenberg. Armorial bookplate of Henry Tronchin. Skilful and unobtrusive repairs to joints and tips, final two plates with a couple of very light red paint marks, occasional variable light browning and offsetting, overall a pleasing copy of this handsome folio. First edition of this account of this remarkable feat of engineering. Charged with designing the bronze equestrian statue of the Russian emperor Peter the Great that remains a celebrated landmark of St Petersburg, the French sculptor Etienne Falconet decided that the traditional pedestal for equestrian statues would be too mundane. Only a massive rock would suffice. Eventually an enormous piece of granite was located in a marsh near the Gulf of Finland. The Thunder Stone, as it was dubbed, was estimated to be 40 feet long, 25 feet side, and 21 feet tall, and weighed some 1,800 tons: about 1,300 tons more than any of the obelisks moved by the ancient Egyptians or Romans. Most engineers declared its removal impossible, but Catherine the Great turned to Carburi, a Greek of dubious moral reputation who had banished himself from his native island of Cephalonia, and had come to Russia where he found favour with the empress. To move the giant rock, Carburi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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