Trattato fra Sua Maestà l'Imperatrice Regina Apostolica e la serenissima Repubblica di Venezie sopra l'Uso delle Acque del Tartaro per li possessori Mantovani e Veronesi.
by (TARTARO RIVER).
Finely engraved allegorical title-page, four folding printed tables (one with an 8-inch tear due to a careless opening, but with no loss of text), & 8 large folding engraved maps. 1 p.l., CXLVI, , CXLVII-CLVI, one leaf. Folio, cont. sheep-backed marbled boards (a little worn with a small defect at head), flat spine gilt, contrasting leather lettering piece on spine. [Verona: D. Ramanzini, 1768]. First edition of this rare work memorializing and detailing the treaty between Austria and the Venetian government regarding the access to and use of the Tartaro River, which flows through the provinces of Verona and Mantua into the Adriatic Sea between the Po and Adige rivers. There are many passages concerned with hydraulic projects along the river. Due to a number of breaches over the centuries (the earliest recorded is in the 10th century), the river had been canalized; it communicates by canals with the Po and Adige. The attractive engraved title depicts the Tartaro, Mincio, and Tioni rivers (the latter are tributaries to the Tartaro) flowing under a common bridge with two putti acting as hydraulic engineers, holding measuring instruments. The Greek mythological god Tartarus is depicted as well. The fine and large maps depict the courses of the Tartaro, Mincio, and Tioni rivers, hydraulics and irrigation works, the connecting canals, elevations, etc. Nice copy printed on thick paper. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5316)
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