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Links 1 through 10 of 70 by Paul K tagged machines

Late 18th/early 19th century 3-volume series on all facets of production of wood and metalwork using lathes and associated workshop machines. It turned out to be a seminal review of the profession's development in Europe over the preceding decades. The volumes were produced by Salivet under pseudonyms (allonyms) Bergerson, probably to protect the true author from abuse under the Reign of Terror associated with the French Revolution (ornament was high status so upper class thus the enemy of the people).

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Vittorio Zonca's early 17th c. technical manual with about 40 copperplate engravings. They depict perpetual water raising systems, all manner of hydraulic and animal-powered mills, locks and various purported waterwheel driven mechanical operations. Mostly realistic, occasionally fantastical. An important member of the 'Theatre of Machines' technical manual genre.

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15th c. hand-sketched album of cannons and crossbows and extensible ladders and grappling hooks and spherical bombs and river scaling and artillery emplacement equipment.

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Unique 1634 pseudo-encyclopaedia with waterwheels and hydraulic machines, art supply definitions and recipes, fireworks construction methods and folk remedies. This famous John Bate book includes a swag of intriguing woodcut illustrations.

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Watercolour sketches by Williams Halsey from NYC area of 19th c. locomotives. Colourful and said to be accurate. The collection contains some 80+ sketches. http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/cul/hal/

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The full UNM collection of NEI magazine illustrations from '60s to 90s is now available: detailed colourful schematic designs in cutaway format of intended nuclear power stations from USA + Britain (mostly). Previous post: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2009/12/nuclear-reactor-wall-charts.html

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600 year old manuscript by Giovanni da Fontana which is the oldest Italian technology book and a precursor of the technical manual that would emerge over the ensuing centuries. Contains rockets, dredges, fanciful devil-automata, lifting machines and various pyrotechnical devices. The drawings are unsophisticated and are accompanied by Voynich manuscript-like encoded text. Very significant work.

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Technical cutaway schematics of proposed nuclear power plants from the 1970s to the 1990s. Colourful industrial design drawings. [See also Part 2: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2010/05/nuclear-reactor-cutaways.html]

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Late 15th cent. manuscript with naive hand-drawn sketches of all different types of heavy cannon designs and rope&pulley cranes, waterwheels, battle plans, milling schematics &c. The work is basically a visual curriculum vitae of a gunsmith-come-military-engineer.

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Incredibly detailed retro-future imaginary space art technical illustrations: rocket ships, transporters, nuclear trains and schematics of fuel systems etc produced by an eccentric German during the 20th cent. (Karl Hans Janke)

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