Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum: Besson, Jacques Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum: Besson, Jacques Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum: Besson, Jacques Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum: Besson, Jacques

Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum

Besson, Jacques

Published by Lyon, 1578
Hardcover
From Jeremy Norman's historyofscience (Novato, CA, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since January 9, 1999 Seller Rating 2-star rating

Association Member: ABAA

Quantity Available: 2

Buy Used
Price: US$ 15,000.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 7.50 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Besson, Jacques (d. 1569?). Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum. . . cum Franc. Beroaldi figurarum declaratione demonstrativa. Edited by François Béroalde de Verville (1558-1612). Folio. 11 unnumbered leaves. Engraved architectural title-page border and 60 full-page engraved plates following the text, numbered 1-60. The plates are unsigned but were most probably drawn by Jacques Androuet du Cerceau (1510?-post 1584); plates 17, 35, 39 and 51 are copies of the original Androuet plates by René Boyvin (1525?-1580?), signed with his monogram. Lyons: Barth. Vincent, 1578. 365 x 253 mm. Superbly bound in full calf gilt, front and back covers tooled and painted with strapwork in the style of sixteenth-century French painted bindings, by Sean Richards. Small marginal tear in one plate repaired, but a fine copy. Third(?) edition. Besson's lavishly illustrated Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum, one of the first French works on machines and mechanical engineering, was originally published in an edition with no imprint (Orléans, 1569?) under the title Instrumentorum et machinarum. . . liber primus. This first edition was followed by three Lyons editions published in 1578, each augmented with explanatory notes by François Béroalde de Verville (author of the erotic classic Moyen de parvenir) and published by Barthélemy Vincent. Mortimer states that the present edition, distinguished by its Latin text, imprint date in Roman numerals, and four plates copied by Boyvin (see above), is probably the second Vincent edition; see Mortimer, French 16th Century Books, pp. 76-80 for further discussion. Besson's Theatrum illustrates an amazing variety of inventions, ranging from war machines to musical instruments to fire-fighting apparatus; the sixty full-page plates, reprinted from the first edition, were most probably designed by the Orléans architect Jacques Androuet du Cerceau. In the present edition, plates 17, 35, 39 and 51 were replaced with copies by René Boyvin (signed with his monogram), but the original plates remained in Vincent's possession and appeared variously in later editions. As a theoretical work the Theatrum was well received, going through several editions and translations and doing much to popularize mechanical engineering (in the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci) among the scientific dilettantes of France. Besson's designs could hardly have been practical for his era, however, as they made extensive use of both the screw and the worm-wheel, devices that could not yet be made with enough accuracy to function efficiently. Adams B-838. Mortimer, French 16th Century Books, 58. Norman 227. Bookseller Inventory # 43709

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum

Publisher: Lyon

Publication Date: 1578

Binding: Hardcover

Store Description

Visit Seller's Storefront

Association Member Members of these associations are committed to maintaining the highest standards. They vouch for the authenticity of all items offered for sale. They provide expert and detailed descriptions, disclose all significant defects and/or restorations, provide clear and accurate pricing, and operate with fairness and honesty during the purchase experience.
Terms of Sale:

Shipping charges will be applied to all orders. All items are guaranteed as described and all purchases may
be returned for any reason within two weeks of receipt. Please notify us in advance if you are making a
return.
Legal entity: Jeremy Norman & Co., Inc.
Business address: 936-B Seventh St., PMB 238, Novato, CA 94945-3000
Email address: orders@jnorman.com
Phone: 415-892-3181
Federal Tax ID Number:94-2261335
Authorized representative: Jeremy M. Norman


Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping cost is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Money Order PayPal Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer