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Technology. ZONCA, Vittorio. Novo Teatro di Machine et edificii per varie et sicure operationi, con le loro figure intagliate in rame, e la dichiaratione, e dimostratione di ciascuna.

Padova, Pietro Bertelli. 1607

Small Folio, 290x200 mm; Contemporary limp vellum; pp. (8), 116, two non,numbered sheets with plates between pp. 88 , 89. Illustrated Title,page with title within baroque architectural frame, 42 Full page plates, of which 3 out of text, all engraved in copper. Initials ornamented on a crible background, woodcut ornaments. Signature of old owner on the inside cover Gio Battista Muravi Architetto, two other signatures on the lower margin of Title,page, that had oldly deleted. Slight traces of use, fine specimen with wide margins.


Very rare first edition, beautifully illustrated. The plates, very sharp and well imprinted, are animated by characters and depict a large number of machines, for the most curious purposes, some invented by the author. This is one of the oldest Italian books on machinery and mechanical engineering, made up of the intent, announced in the title, to inform and instruct artisans and artists around the latest technological innovations. All machines and machining processes are meticulously described: there are crushers, chassis, hydraulic pumps, the first representation of a machine for the sewing of fabrics, and one of the first representations of the paper pulp preparation. Zonca was also the first to use the illustrations of the realistic backgrounds of the craftsmen of the time. The last machine illustrated represents a monster syphon for perpetual motion which is described in Dirckss Perpetum mobile. Riccardi notes that two of the machines described "are particularly remarkable. The one consists of a whirlwind moved by the action of rarefied fire air; the other in a filigree moved by the water." Norman: “Zoncas was the first of a number of books on machines derived from the unpublished Trattato di architectura of the Sienese architect,engineer Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439,1501) … composed circa 1475. Zoncas book proved to be quite popular, going through four editions between 1607 and 1656, and its images in turn were copied by later writers … The work is noted for containing the first printed illustration of a gig,mill for raising nap on cloth, and for spreading knowledge of the mangleâ€. The lot is offered with a valid export license.

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Technology. ZONCA. Novo Teatro di Machine et edificii

Estimate €10,000 - €12,000Feb 14, 2019