Descrizione Istorica dell'Estrazione della Pubblica Nave La Fenice dal Canale Spignon. In cui giacque circa tre anni totalmente sommersa
by ZUSTO, Giovanni
Engraved allegorical frontispiece by Giuseppe Daniotto and seven fine & large folding plates by Daniotto. xxxii, 90,  pp. Large 4to, cont. marbled boards. [Venice]: Sons of A. Pinelli, 1789. First edition of this notable engineering work which describes the raising of the sunken man-of-war Fenice in the Spignon channel, just inside the Porto di Malamocco, and the central access to the Venice lagoon. The ship sank in April of 1783 and rendered the channel so narrow that it caused great difficulties for large ships to pass. Work began in 1785 to remove the ship and was complete early in the following year. The very fine plates, here in rich and dark impressions, depict the raising and clearance of the ship, employing a combination of hydraulics and an elaborate system of pulleys. This was a remarkable engineering feat. It required innovative methods that became standard practice in subsequent marine salvage operations. A very fine and handsome copy. Frontispiece with small pale ink stain at foot beneath image. ❧ Riccardi, I, 407-"Bella ediz....interessantissima per gli studiosi della meccanica applicata alla nautica.".
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