De gli automati,

Hero of Alexandria

De gli automati,

ouero machine se mouenti, libri due, tradotti dal greco da Bernardino Baldi.

Description: engraved title within architectural border, engraved and woodcut illustrations in the text, 6 of the engravings full-page, a few leaves with a small damp-stain in the lower outer corner, ff. 47 (without the final blank), small 4to, [bound last in a vol. with:] Grischow (Augustin) Descriptio hyetometri ... Berlin: J. Grynaeus, [1734], with a large folding engraved plate (loose), some signatures cropped at foot, pp. 28, [and:] Castelli (Benedetto) Della misura dell'acque correnti ... [Rome: F. Cavalli, 1639], with a full-page engraving on verso of title, partly browned, pp. [iv], 72, 18th-century English half calf for the Earl of Macclesfield, blind stamp on title of the first bound (Grischow), bookplate, contents in MS on fly-leaf, good

Publication Details: Venice: Girolamo Porro, 1589

Notes: 3 works in 1 vol. First edition of this translation of Hero, second edition of the Castelli (first 1628), while the Grischow is an offprint from Miscellanea Berolinensia. Bernardino Baldini, the translator of Hero, was a pupil of Commandino's, but is better known as a poet than a scientist (though one of his poems, L'Artiglieria & la Nautica, is technical enough). Nothing is known of Hero of Alexandria, under whose name several works have come down to us, the most important being the Pneumatics. 'The Automata, or Automatic Theatre, describes two sorts of puppet shows, one moving and the other ...more

Bibliography: (1. CNCE 22645; Riccardi i, 67 ('bella e rara edizione'); Mortimer, Italian, 231: 2. Riccardi i, 209)

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Price: £4,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1589

Stock Number: 52717

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