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Veranzio, Fausto
Machinae novae Fausti Verantii siceni: cum declaratione Latina, Italica, Hispanica, Gallica et Germanica [New machines of Fausto Veranzio: with Latin, Italian, Spanish, French and German text]
Venice: self-published, [ca. 1616]. Folio (37.3 × 25 cm). Contemporary full vellum; engraved title within architectural element; forty-nine large numbered copper engravings on facing pages, followed by letterpress-printed text in Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Latin, each with a vignette headpiece at the head of the section. Binding with repairs; occasional light soil and foxing; small paper repairs to first few leaves and one plate with larger repair, slightly affecting the image; else about very good, and an apparently unresized copy with wide margins, retaining all five text parts. First and only edition of this important survey of mechanical, architectural, and technological designs and projects, the magnum opus of Fausto Veranzio (1551-1617), a Croatian polymath, diplomat, and priest, who was born in ?ibenik on the Adriatic Coast, then part of the Republic of Venice. Veranzio attended school in Venice and studied law, engineering, mechanics, and physics at Padua, before entering the services of Rudolf II in Prague, as whose secretary he is thought to have conversed with Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe. He also published works of lexicography and logic. Following the death of his wife, he relocated to Venice, where he joined the Barnabite Order, and devoted his remaining years to the study of science and engineering. The large plates depict designs for flotation devices, a bridge using suspension cables, oil and wine presses, a rotary printing press, a universal clock, various types of mills (including a design that was used for one of New York's earliest tide mi … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [Boston, MA, U.S.A.]
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