Vita e Macchine di Bartolommeo Ferracino...colla Storia del Ponte di Bassano dal Medesimo rifabbricato...
by (FERRACINA (or FERRACINO), Bartolommeo).
By Francesco Memmo. Fine engraved frontis. port. of Ferracino & three folding engraved plates. xii, 222 pp. Small 4to, orig. carta rustica, uncut. Venice: Remondini, 1754. First edition. Ferracino (1692-1777), an engineer from Padua, was "interested in machinery from his earliest years, his first invention being a wind-powered saw. Interest in horology and automata produced the well-known clock at St. Mark's in Venice. The most outstanding of his inventions was his Hydraulic Machine which lifted water thirty-five feet from the River Brenta...Because of his fame as an engineer, Ferracino was asked to reconstruct the city bridge of Bassano. This volume opens with a short life of Ferracino, including some laudatory verses, followed by a history of the city bridge at Bassano from 1110 to its destruction. The following section deals with the reconstruction of the bridge and a controversy surrounding it."-Roberts & Trent, Bibliotheca Mechanica, p. 115. The attractive plates depict his famous hydraulic machine, the reconstructed city bridge at Bassano, and an elaborate pile driver. Nice uncut copy. ❧ Riccardi, I, 147. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5342)
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