1837 · Milano
First edition: Italian rendition of two railway-related items, from two authors and a translator who were all prominent in that field. First here is Manuel du constructeur de chemins de fer, a treatise on railroad construction written by the French engineer, Sinologist, and author-translator Biot (1803–50); following that work, with a separate title-page, is "Le strade ferrate e i loro imprenditori considerati nei rapporti colla pubblica amministrazione," by Prussian politician and banker Hansemann (1790–1864), one of the Rhenish Railway directors. Both items were translated into Italian by engineer, architect, and architectural historian Luigi Tatti (1808–81). At the back of the volume are => five oversized, folding plates, each with multiple figures of train and track schematics.
This first Italian appearance is now uncommon: searches of WorldCat find only four U.S. institutions reporting physical holdings (Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, and University of Michigan).
Provenance: Title-page, rear free endpaper, and rear pastedown rubber-stamped "Ex libris Augustini Mueller." Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
Goldsmiths'-Kress no. 29998. 19th-century quarter brown sheep, marbled paper–covered sides in a Spanish wave and shell vein pattern; spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label, blind-tooled decorative motif in center, and small gilt roll bands. Binding moderately rubbed overall, more so at edges, extremities, and joints; light to moderate foxing, one page with small area of tiny ink splatters in outer margin; large Mueller rubber-stamp as noted. => A sound, more than serviceable copy of this interesting work. (Inventory #: 40072)