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Scaletti, Cesare.
Scuola Mecanico-Speculativo-Pratica in cui si esamina la proporzione. attività mediante la Machina; Opere Utile all’ uso civile, e militare necessaria ad ogni Matematico, Ingegniero, Architetto.
Bologna, Costantino Pisani, 1711. Large 4to. [27 x 19.5 cm]. Engraved frontispiece depicting various building projects including an obelisk (the triumph of Early Modern engineering). (8) ff., including half title and title, 188 pp., including numerous woodcut initials and head & tail-pieces, and with 12 engraved plates signed G[iuseppe] M[oretti]. Cancel on *3r. Modern vellum, retaining contemporary spine and lettering piece. Endpapers renewed. Upper margin of half-title torn with no loss of text (repaired with old paper); otherwise a fresh and broad-margined copy. Scarce first edition of this well-illustrated work on "the resistance of solid bodies and how it affects the operation of machines, with particular reference to artillery and both civil and military architecture." (Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica). The author is well-versed in ancient as well as ‘modern’, mainly Jesuit authors on these subjects, and refers to Archimedes, Euclid, Pappus, Vitruvius; Guidobaldo, M. Bettini, Riccioli, Galileo, Gassendi, Kircher, Schott, and Lana (?) Terzi in his text. The engraved plates show a large number of machines for use in construction, demolition or other purposes, each keyed to a passage in the text: balances, scales, levers, wheels, winches, pulleys, screws, canons, catapults, and a number of geometrical diagrams to demonstrate patterns of movement. Addressed to both architects and engineers, the work covers the basic theoretical physics and practical applications involved in large-scale construction in Early Modern Italy. Scaletti (1666-1748), a practicing architect … [Click Below for Full Description]
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