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Ramelli, Agostino and Martha Teach Gnudi et al.

Published by Dover Publications, Inc, New York (1976)

ISBN 10: 0486281809 ISBN 13: 9780486281803

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About this Item: Dover Publications, Inc, New York, 1976. Softcover. Blue & illus. wraps, 604 pp., many BW illus. The first paperback edition and the first English translation (by Martha Teach Gnudi) of this classic work of Italian engineer Agostino Ramelli (1531-1600). "One of the 16th century's most widely known and copied texts on mechanics, Ramelli's work was especially admired for the excellence of its technical illustrations, its descriptive appeal and its ingenious designs for a broad range of machinery, e.g. devices for raising and lowering water levels, milling grain, breaching military defenses and more. The book was a vital force in technological development for at least 200 years. The present volume . reproduces the rare folio edition published in 1588, including all 194 engraved illustrations, 20 of them double size. Among these are cutaway models and "exploded" diagrams so finely detailed that machines could actually be constructed from them. Depicted and described are precursors of today's giant cranes for moving and raising great weights, water pumps, military bridges, apparatus for scaling city walls and many other devices." (back cover). G (Moderate wear to edges of covers, with bottom corners both once folded; small star printed on bottom edge of book block; interior is clean.). Seller Inventory # 148729

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Le Diverse et Artificiose Machine [The Various: Ramelli, Agostino (Gaultier,

Ramelli, Agostino (Gaultier, Leonard [illus.])

Published by In Casa Delautore, Paris (1588)

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About this Item: In Casa Delautore, Paris, 1588. First Edition. xxx; 338 + 338pp. 195 engraved plates (20 double page). Text in French and Italian. One of the most important books on the science and technology of machines in the Renaissance. With the publication of this book Ramelli "demonstrated for the world, the unlimited possibilities of machines" [Norman]. The superb engravings depict all manner of machinery from pumps and hydraulics to cranes and siege machinery. One of the best known and often reproduced plates shows an elaborate 'bookwheel' or reading machine. In overall very good condition. Some blemishes and soiling on cover with carefully blended hinge strengthening. New endpapers and professional repair of a few damaged pages 18th century white tooled leather cover with metal clasps. Seller Inventory # e1224

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Le diverse et artificiose machine nellequali si: RAMELLI, Agostino.

RAMELLI, Agostino.

Published by Paris: the author, 1588 (1588)

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About this Item: Paris: the author, 1588, 1588. Folio (307 × 206 mm). Contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, lettered in second compartment, sides ruled in blind. Housed in a burgundy flat back cloth solander box. Some restoration to headcaps and joints, a few chips to board edges, a little occasional pale dampstaining and browning, pale stains on 2F1–2, overall a very good copy. Text in French and Italian, in roman and italic types respectively. Engraved title within architectural frame, engraved portrait of the author on verso of title, title and portrait by Léonard Gaultier, 194 engravings, of which 174 full-page and 20 double-page (numbered to 195, numbers 148–9 a single double-page plate), three signed with the monogram "JG", text and engravings printed within borders of typographic floral ornaments, 4-line historiated and 2-line floriated initials, woodcut tailpieces and corner ornaments. Early 19th-century armorial bookplate of George Gostling. First edition of a fundamental book in the history both of technology and of book design, and "one of the most elegantly produced of all technological treatises" (Norman). The scientific import of Ramelli's work resides in his demonstration of "the unlimited possibilities of machines. For example, the dozens of water-powered pumps and mills shown in his treatise clearly demonstrated that non-muscular power could be substituted for horse- or human-power in any mechanical task requiring continuous or repetitive application of force, and the portrayal of over twenty types of water pump destroyed the notion that there were necessary limits to the configuration or arrangement of a machine" (op. cit.) About half of the engravings depict hydraulic devices, the rest showing military machines as well as fountains, bridges, cranes, foundry equipment, etc., and a smattering of innovative devices such as the famous "reading wheel" or the bouquet with artificial singing birds. The influence of the illustrations was far-reaching and they were copied in a number of technical books during the next two centuries. In his preface, Ramelli explains that the exceptional care lavished upon the design and printing of his treatise was due as much to his wish to foil a crudely pirated publication of some of his designs (probably in the c.1583 Timon of Ambroise Bachot, future ingénieur du roi), as to his desire to show gratitude to his patron Henri III. The work was reprinted only once, in 1620. Adams R-52; Brunet IV:1095; Dibner, Heralds 173; Harvard/Mortimer French 452; Norman 1777; Riccardi I:341. Seller Inventory # 41729

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RAMELLI, Agostino.

Published by for the author, Paris (1588)

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About this Item: for the author, Paris, 1588. First edition. Exceptionally fine copy, with distinguished provenance, of one of the most important books on the science and technology of machines in the renaissance, and one of the most famous illustrated books of the sixteenth century – a tour de force of book design. This is a splendid copy in contemporary French gilt vellum, ruled in red, and entirely untouched. We are not aware of a similar copy in quality since the Norman-Freilich copy (sold Sotheby’s 2001, $291,750). Provenance: Francoise d'Espinay de Bretagne, first wife of Henri de Schomberg, comte de Nanteuil (1604 gift inscription on front free endpaper); Princes of Liechtenstein (stamp on title); Otto Schäfer (sold Sotheby’s 1995, £38,900). A fundamental book in the history both of technology and of book design, and "one of the most elegantly produced of all technological treatises" (Norman). The scientific import of Ramelli’s work resides in his demonstration of "the unlimited possibilities of machines. For example, the dozens of water-powered pumps and mills shown in his treatise clearly demonstrated that non-muscular power could be substituted for horse- or human-power in any mechanical task requiring continuous or repetitive application of force, and the portrayal of over twenty types of water pump . destroyed the notion that there were necessary limits t the configuration or arrangement of a machine" (ibid.) About half of the engravings depict hydraulic devices, the rest showing military machines as well as fountains, bridges, cranes, foundry equipment, etc., and a smattering of innovative devices such as the famous ‘reading wheel’ or the bouquet with artificial singing birds. The influence of the illustrations was far- reaching and they were copied in a number of technical books during the next two centuries."The plates in Ramelli’s treatise are artistically as well as technologically superb, the bilingual text beautifully printed, and both plates and text surrounded by handsome borders of typographic ornaments. The reasons for this sumptuousness were twofold: First, Ramelli had dedicated the book to his patron Henri m; and second, he had previously had several designs stolen from him by a trusted associate (probably Ambroise Bachot, later engineer to Henri IV), who published them in corrupt and mutilated form and claimed them as his own. As a result of this experience Ramelli planned his treatise as a particularly lavish work that would be difficult to counterfeit, and produced and published it from his own house where he could maintain absolute control over the project. He succeeded in preventing any pirated editions and made the book so expensiveand difficult to produce that it was reprinted only once, in a German edition of 1620, before the twentieth century." (Norman).Dibner 173; Norman 1777; Mortimer French 452; Wellcome 5323; Adams R52; Cockle 788. Folio (354 x 228 mm). Ruled in red throughout. Roman (French) and italic (Italian) types. Engraved title within architectural frame by Leonard Gaultier, each leaf of text printed within a border of typographical fleurons, engraved portrait of Ramelli by Gaultier on title-page verso, 194 engravings (174 full-page, 20 full-sheet) numbered I-CXCV (CXLVIII and CXLIX combined on a single engraving), three signed with the cipher 'JG' (CL-CLII). (Four leaves comprising n1 [f.97], o1 [f.105, mis-signed n1], o8 [f.112] and n8 [f.104] misbound, very short minor tears to i4 and T2, tiny marginal chips to i8 and V3, small marginal chip repaired on P2, occasional light spotting and browning.) Contemporary French limp vellum, covers framed with gilt double fillet enclosing gilt centre ornament of laurel leaf tools, flat gilt spine, lettered at head of spine in ink manuscript, gilt edges (small stain on upper cover of binding, spine lightly soiled, lacking ties), modern green cloth slipcase. Seller Inventory # 3694

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