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PRODROMO OVERO SAGGIO DI ALCUNE INVENTIONI NUOVE ALL' ARTE MAESTRA .
IN BRESCIA, 1670.. FIRST EDITION 1670, folio, approximately 320 x 220 mm, 12½ x 8½ inches, 20 folding engraved plates with figures numbered I-LXX, woodcut initials and tailpieces, pages: [viii], 1- 252, bound in full plain vellum, no title, speckled edges. Vellum slightly dusty, slight rippling to pages, 1 margin has a small paper fault, not affecting text, last 2 pages have a thin dusty strip to outer margin, occasional pale mark, otherwise a very good copy, housed in a strong cloth box with a gilt lettered leather label to spine. First edition of this important book which contains the earliest concept of flight based on aerostatic principles and a plate illustrating Lana's design for an aerial ship. See: Christie's The Haskell F. Norman Library, Part II, page 271, No. 593; Sotheby's The Library of the Earls of Macclesfield, Part 5, page 77, No. 1195; A Catalogue of Printed Books in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library, Volume III, page 440. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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