01 from Niccolo Zabaglia, Castelli e Ponti ... Rome 1743, one of the most sumptuous books on engineering and architecture - in the construction of bridges and buildings. One account records that the author was illiterate and employed a ghostwriter for the text. The plates are engraved by Specchi after Fontana and Rostagni among others. The graphic soluton is to communicate structural principles with the full illusion of a perspectivally rendered scene with distant landscape. The figures are deployed realistically in consistent sharp light.
02 Wilfred Jones, illustration from How the Derrick Works, Macmillan 1936 and said to be the second picture book to present machinery artistically to American children.
03 Domenico Fontana, Della Trasportatione dell' Obelisco Vaticano.... Basa, Rome, 1590; an account of the engineering achievment in moving the celebrated obelisk from the Circus nero to theSt.Peter Piazza. Small modellos show the process in a sequence of stages - all set around the representation of the Obelisk itself.
04 Alessandro Capra, La nuova arcittectura famigliare , Bologna 1678; titlepage (Second Book) to one of the most profusely illustrated of architectural manuals. It has 140 woodcuts.
02 A machine for raising water from one level to higher, from Agostino Ramelli, Le Diverse et Artificiose Machine ( The Various and Ingenious Machines, the Parisian edition of 1588.
Niccola Zabaglia, Castelli, e ponti, published in Rome in 1773, and a sublime image of derring do and building sequences.
Bernard Forest de Bélidor, Architecture Hydraulique , Charles-Antoine- Jombert, Paris, 1737 - 1753; complex engineering problems clearly illustrated in scenes of activity drawn with great clarity. Note the still life of cubes at the left hand bottom corner.
of the Renaissance
A similar machine from Ramelli. One of Ramelli's machines from the military section, to thrown a bridge across a body of water. a reading machine from Ramelli. to a comparison of reading machines.