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ZABAGLIA, Nicola.

Castelli, e Ponti …

Con alcune ingegnose pratiche, e con la descrizione del trasporto dell' obelisco Vaticano, e di altri del cavaliere Domenico Fontana.

Rome, Niccolò and Marco Pagliarini, 1743 Stock Code: 77359
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Notes

First edition of this fundamental work for the history of the restoration and maintenance of St Peter's Fabbrica and for an understanding of early building practice. The master mason and engineer Nicola Zabaglia (1664-1750) invented many ingenious mechanical devices to aid restoration. Here he illustrates his techniques, with the help of Giovanni Bottari and Lelio Cosatto. The mechanical devices, scaffolds and working tools here described would remain in use in the Roman building yard until the beginning of the 20th century. The plates also illustrate the renowned achievement of Domenico Fontana in re-erecting the Vatican obelisk in 1589.

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Description

Large folio (480 x 362 mm). Contemporary vellum, red morocco spine label.

Illustrations

Engraved portrait, 54 engraved plates (4 double-page). Title-page, preface and explanatory text for plates in Italian and Latin.

Condition

Binding a little soiled and worn, with neat repairs to corners, some spotting and dampstaining, a good copy.

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