Veiling 350 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects
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HYDRAULIC ENGINEERING -- HORST, T. v.d. (& J. POLLEY). Theatrum machinarum universale; of keurige verzameling v. verscheide grote en zeer fraaie waterwerken, schutsluizen, waterkeringen, ophaal- en draaibruggen. Amst., W. Holtrop & N.T. Gravius/P. Schenk, 1774. 2 in 1 vol. (6), 14; (4), 12 pp. W. engr. ti-vign., 2 full-p. dedicatory engr. & tog. 48 double-p. engr. (of which 7 lge-fold.) by J. Schenk. Lge-fol. Cont. h. goatskin. (Spine & spine ends dam. (espec. top), paper on sides worn, corners bumped, 2 lge-fold. plates torn on folds, margins second part a bit stained, last few plates (faintly) stained, but despite the defects a reasonable copy).

One of the most celebrated works on Dutch 18th c. on managing water. With very detailed and magnificent plates of sluices, swing-bridges, dikes, weirs, etc., the very elements of existence in Holland. Jan Schenck was the engraver of this work, which may also be the most accurate and the most sumptuously illustrated book of its type in Holland in the 18th century - the technical aspects of the rendering was just superb. Little is known about the author who v.d. Aa III, p. 396 calls a "bekwaam bouwkundige, die in het midden der XVIIIde eeuw leefde". - Bierens de Haan, 4836 & 4837. Sold w.a.f., not subject to return.

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