Istoria dei Progetti e delle Opere per la Navigazione-interna del Milanese
by BRUSCHETTI, Giuseppe.
Six large folding engraved plates. xiv, 291 pp. Large 4to, cont. green half-sheep maroquiné & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine, uncut. Milan: G. Bernardoni, 1821. First edition of Bruschetti's first history of the construction of the canals, channels, and aqueducts linking the city of Milan to several important rivers and providing water for the city and its environs. Bruschetti (1793-1871), was a historian of science and an observer of the industrialization of Milan. The first chapter discusses the pre-18th-century projects to build canals and channels in order to drain lands and to bring water from the Alps to the rapidly growing city. The earliest canal, the Naviglio Grande, dates from 1177-1257. Chapter II is concerned with 18th-century building projects. The remaining chapters discuss the extensive and complex early 19th-century public works projects of canals, aqueducts, and wells which provided water to the city and irrigated the surrounding farm lands. There is also much on the canals -- including the Naviglio Grande, Naviglio Pavese, and the Canale di Pavia -- which connect Milan to the Ticino, Po, and Adda rivers, Lago di Como, and Lago Maggiore. The fine and very large folding engraved plates consist of two maps showing the routes of the canals and four plates depicting the construction details of the canals including locks and embankments. A fine and attractive copy with large margins. Early bookplate of "Ingenare Flaviano Ballarati di Sacconago." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5340)
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