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23 November 2009
ART & ARCHITECTURE -- LEUPOLD, Jacob (1674-1727). Theatrum pontificiale, oder Schau-Platz der Brücken und Brücken-Baues. Leipzig: Christoph Zunkel for the author and the son of Johann Friedrich Gledisch, 1726. 2° (363 x 232mm). Half-title, title in red and black, 60 folding engraved plates mounted on guards, one large woodcut headpiece, one large historiated initial (paper flaw in lower corner of gathering Gg affecting text without loss, text with some light browning and spotted, plates lightly spotted, a few plates with some browning, plate XXI with long but clean tear, plate XXX starting to detach, plate XLVIII with short tear). Contemporary half vellum (head of spine repaired, lightly soiled, rubbed, a little frayed).
FIRST EDITION of one of the most important volumes in Leupold's series Theatrum Machinarum, the first and most comprehensive work on bridge building printed in Germany. Leupold discusses various methods of working in and on the water, depicting diving bells and suits, weights, lead shoes, canoes, etc. Then he explains the fundamentals of bridge building and illustrates the various kinds of bridges. Berlin Kat. 3553.
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