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Morelli, Cesare / Serristori, Luigi.
Memoria sulla Machine aVapore / Sopra le Macchine-a-Vapore.
Milan / Florence, Giuseppe Mauri / Stamperia Magheri da Badia, 1826. 1) Large 8vo., 31 (1) pp., including 3 quarter page woodcuts of the steam engine in different stages of Operation. Publisher’s correction on p. 19. Title page a bit dusty, otherwise excellent.2) 8vo., (1) [title], 97 pp. (verso blank), (1) f. [index, verso blank]., with 9 numbered engraved figures on 8 folding plates. Bound in contemporary quarter vellum and patterned papers over boards, spine elegantly gilt with alternating Greek key and floral motifs, title label gilt.Even toning to light browning throughout, pale water stain on a few leaves. Lower corner of back cover soiled. Otherwise, fresh genuine copy. Extremely rare first edition of this work on the steam power, and its application to a wide variety of industrial uses (Morelli), appropriately bound with one of the earliest Italian works on the development of the technology of steam power and steam boats (Serristori). - 1) Extremely rare first edition of this work on diverse industrial uses of steam power, one of the great inventions of modern times according to the author, which has not received its due in Italy. After a brief section on the physics of steam power and how variable amounts of water yield different results - showing an impressive grasp of its underlying math -, Morelli considers steam power a man-made analogue to the power unleashed by such natural phenomena as volcanos, whirlpools and earthquakes. He then explicates the engine’s basic functioning from chamber via robinet to chamber with reference to a diagrammed engine, moving on to … [Click Below for Full Description]
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