BOECKLER, Georg Andreas (1664-98). Theatrum Machinarum Novum, exhibens aquarias, alatas, ivmentarias, manuarias; pedibus, ac ponderibus versatiles, plures et diversas molas. Translated from German by Heinrich Schmitz. Cologne: Pauli Principis, 1662.
2o (333 x 220 mm). Engraved title by V. Sommer, and 154 engraved plates, some signed by Balthasar Schwan or E. Kiefer, all after Boeckler (plates 133 and 154 with small marginal repairs, blank corner of plate 2 torn away, small hole in image of plate 52, few small rust spots). Contemporary pencil and ink sketch of a mill tipped to plate 48. (Some pale spotting and ink burn, letterpress title becoming loose.) Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt (rebacked with original spine laid down).
FIRST EDITION IN LATIN of this display of mechanical art with plates showing the construction of gigantic mill wheels and hydraulic machinery operated not only by water or wind, but weights, horse power or human energy. Boeckler's illustrations are of actual working machinery, distinct from the more common fantastical engineering books of the period. The original edition, issued in German at Nuremberg the year before, also appeared under the Latin title Theatrum machinarum novum, but with a German subtitle, Schauplatz der mechanischen Kunsten. The additional title retains the imprint of Paul Fürst, Nuremberg. Brunet I:1024. Graesse I:459.