Schott, Gaspar, [P. Gasparis Schotti], Technica-Curiosa, sive Mirabilia Artis, Libris XII. Comprehensa; Quibus varia Experimenta, variaque Technasmata Pneumatica, Hydraulica, Hydrotechnica, Mechanica, Graphica, Cyclometrica, Chronometrica, Automatica, Cabalistica, aliaque Artis arcana ac miracula, rara, curiosa, ingeniosa, magnamque partem nova & antehac inaudita, eruditi Orbis utilitati, delectationi, disceptationique proponuntur. Norimbergae : Sumptibus Johannis Andreae Endteri, & Wolfgangi Junioris Haeredum, excudebat Jobus Hertz Typographus Herbipol. M. DC. LXIV. . Prostant Norimbergae apud dictos Endteros.
First edition, 20 cm x 15.5 cm, Latin text. An imperfect copy in its contemporary vellum binding. In-4. Collation : [2 blank leaves; xl; 1044 pages; xiv; ii (publisher’s catalogue for Gaspar Schott); 1 blank leaf] This copy lacks: a usual half-title; pages 939 – 942; pages 945 – 946; pages 983 – 984; pages 987 – 990; pages 1003 – 1006; pages 1009 – 1016 . Page 659 paginated as 643, and page 723 is paginated as 727. The plate for p. 621 is bound in at p. 521. In Part I, there are 45 plates: 42 illustrating plates plus an engraved title-page, a portrait, a coat of arms, and the one plate from Part II bound in at p. 521. In Part II there are 20 illustrating plates, for a total of 65 plates. Title-page printed in red and black letter. This copy is still bound in what is presumed to be its contemporary full vellum binding. There is a small crack at the foot of the spine, otherwise the binding is very secure.
This copy came from the library of Dr. Arthur Simony, with his name stamp on the front fly-leaf, with a stamp bearing his signature, as “Arthur Simony MD”; and, the annotations “No 25 32” and “Kuppritsch [?] 1875”. His name is stamped a second time in the margin of the engraved title page. Several of the plates have been mended and trimmed. Plate III of Part I lacks the left-hand fold-over. The overall condition is good. Norman, 1911.