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HERO OF ALEXANDRIA (Herone Alessandrino).
DE GLI AUTOMATI, overo Machine Se Moventi, Libri due. Tradotti dal Greco da Bernardino Baldi.
Venezia Gio. Battista Bertoni. SECOND EDITION 1601 corrected, of the first Italian translation (the first appeared in 1589), Slim small 4to, 195 x 140 mm, 7¾ x 5½ inches, engraved title page with elaborate architectural border incorporating printer's 'pilgrim' device which is repeated in a slightly different form on colophon, 11 engraved plates, of which 6 full page, plus 11 woodcut illustrations in the text, some decorative tailpieces and initials, leaves: [3], 4-47, [1] - colophon, numbered on rectos only, making a total of 96 pages, last page blank, bound in full antique vellum, double ruled gilt border and corner ornaments to covers with at centre a small gilt decorative medallion with monogram FSV, raised bands and gilt rules to spine, gilt lettered morocco label, edges speckled red, marbled endpapers. Vellum slightly marked, spine a little darkened, tiny private library label to front pastedown, very short closed tear to fore-edge of front endpaper neatly repaired, occasional small pale mark to margin, otherwise contents very bright and clean. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy. Adams, Books Printed in Europe 1501-1600, page 535, No. 367; Harvard, Italian 16th Century Books, Volume I, No.231, both listing the first edition of 1589 which had the same design of title page, foliation and illustrations. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A. [Oxford, United Kingdom]

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