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BRANCA, Giovanni
Le machine
Rome, Ad ista[n]za di Iacomo Martuci per Iacomo Mascardi, 1629. [ILLUSTRATED MECHANICS] FIRST EDITION. 4to. ff. (iii) 77. Roman and Italic letter. T-p within architectural border with cherubs and standing figures of Vitruvius and Archimedes, 77 fine woodcuts of machines, decorated initials, a.e.g. Light age browning, heavier in places, intermittent slight marginal foxing. A good, crisp, well-margined copy in slightly later vellum, author’s name inked to spine, 4 ll. with printed and ms. C19 bibliographic and critical descriptions pasted to fep, blind stamp of Archivio Storico (?) to corner of three ll., autograph ‘Chas. L. Clarke, June 12, 1889’ to fly. A good, crisp copy of the first edition of Giovanni Branca’s finely illustrated work on machines. An Italian architect and engineer, Branca (1571-1645) worked for many years for the Basilica of Loreto, where he supervised restoration, repairs and the construction of funeral monuments. Following the textual genre of the ‘theatres of machines’ which had developed in the C16, ‘Le machine’ showcases his knowledge of mechanical instruments, some of which he also built himself. In the preface, Branca explains that the work features the physical principles discussed by Aristotle, which, when applied to machines, can generate all possible kinds of mechanical movement. The handsome, realistic illustrations of the 63 machines are introduced by brief commentaries which combine the abstraction of physics and geometrical description with potential practical purposes for each. These include grinding wheat or gunpowder, flattening metals, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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