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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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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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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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