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Gaspar Schott Technica Curiosa 1664

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Schott, Gaspar, [P. Gasparis Schotti], Technica-Curiosa, sive Mirabilia Artis, Libris XII. Norimbergae : Sumptibus Johannis Andreae Endteri, & Wolfgangi Junioris Haeredum, excudebat Jobus Hertz Typographus Herbipol, M. DC. LXIV. [1664]

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Schott-Gaspar-Technica-Curiosa-1664

Title-page in red and black letter type.

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. [1664]. 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.

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Ownership signature of Dr. Arthur Simony.

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.

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Iconismus XXVI. Schematic for a paddlewheel powered boat.

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Engraved frontispiece.

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Hand-lettered spine.

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Back cover, original vellum binding.

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Head of the spine, showing slight separation of headband.

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Iconismus III, rival teams of horses attempting to pull a sealed sphere apart.

 

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