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ZONCA, Vittorio (1568?--1602)
Novo teatro di machine et edificii per uarie et sicure operationi cõ le loro figure taglíate in rame é la dichiaratione, e dimostratione dí ciascuna. Opera necessaría ad architetti, et a quelli, ch[e] di tale studio si dilettano. Di Vittorio Zonca architetto ...
In Padoua appresso Fran:co Bertelli, 1621.
[4], 115, [1] p., engr. t.-pl., [3] engr. pl. (=4 impressions) : engr. illus. ; 28.1 cm. (2°)

First published in 1607. Title from engraved title-plate. Some of the machines are obviously inspired by the unpublished treatise on architecture of Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439--1501), an illustrated manuscript of which is also in Soane's library (Vol. 120), in a version copied from the Ashburnham Codex 361 (Biblioteca Laurenziana, Florence) which was formerly owned and annotated by Leonardo da Vinci. (See Lynda Fairbairn, Italian Renaissance drawings from the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum (London 1998), Vol. 1 pp. 52-175.) The title-plate and pl. [1] appear to be printed on two conjugate leaves wrapped around gathering πA2 as in the BAL copy. Plate [2] is printed on both sides of a leaf conjugate with pl. [3] and in the Soane copy this gathering is bound wrapped around conjugate leaves M2-3 (i.e. pp. [91--94]). BAL, Early printed books, no. 4154.

Copy Notes Front paste-down inscribed in pencil 10/6. Rear paste-down inscribed in ink s.f and the facing rear free-endpaper --cd- r.

Binding C18th red sheep, marbled-paper boards, spine direct-lettered in gilt.

Reference Number 6532


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