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Two masterpieces of Dutch hydraulic engineering

BARNARD, John Gross. Report on the North Sea Canal of Holland; and on the improvement of navigation from Rotterdam to the sea; to the chief of engineers, United States army. (Professional papers of the corps of engineers, U.S. army. No. 22).
Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1872. 4to. With 12 plates numbered as 11 (all but 1 folding and 1 printed in red and black). Further with a half title, title-page, preface, and list of plates. Contemporary brown half morocco, reddish-brown cloth sides gold-blocked with the title and the coat of arms of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Full description
€ 875
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The mathematical problems of fortification

BECKER (VON HERVORD), Peter. Nieuwe manier van vestingbou, hoe men alle regulare en irregulare vestingen met hare buytenwerken na haer behoorlijke proportie, sonder eenige rekeninge, door den gemeenen cirkel op een nieuwe en gansch lichte manier tekenen, afsteken en opbouwen sal. Van nieuws van den autheur selve, met het offensive en defensive vermeerdert, en door de tabulae sinuum uytgerekent, en met nodige demonstratien en figuren allen liefhebbers deser kunst verrijkt.
Amsterdam, Joannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1673. 8vo. With an engraved allegorical title-page, a letterpress title-page, 7 engraved plates (5 folding), 3 engraved illustrations in the text and 3 folding tables. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,500
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A basic instruction on clocks and watches

BERTHOUD, Ferdinand. l'Art de conduire et de régler les pendules et les montres: a l'usage de ceux qui n'ont aucune connoissance d'horlogerie.
Paris, for the author and Michael Lambert (colophon: printed by H.L. Guerin and L.F. Delatour), 1759. 12mo. With illustrations on 4 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,600
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Three ground-breaking scientific works on air by Robert Boyle
In the rare Latin translations published in the Netherlands

BOYLE, Robert. Nova experimenta physico-mechanica de VI aëris elastica & ejusdem effectibus, facta maximam partem in nova machina pneumatica. Editio postrema.
Rotterdam, Arnold Leers Jr, 1669. With engraved frontispiece and a folding engraved plate.
With:
(2) BOYLE, Robert. Defensio doctrinae De elatere & gravitate aëris, propositae à Dno. Rob. Boyle, in novis ipsus physico-mechanicis experimentis, adversus objectiones Francisci Lini ... Editio postrema.
Leiden, Arnold Leers Jr., 1669. With 1 folding engraved plate.
(3) BOYLE, Robert. Exercitationes de Atmo-sphaeris corporum consistentium; ...
Leiden, Felix Lopez de Haro, 1676. 3 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 5,000
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A demonstration of Dutch water management skills

CONRAD, Frederik Willem, Arie Jansz. BLANKEN and Simon KROS. Rapport wegens het onderzoek omtrent eene uitwatering te Catwyk aan Zee, gedaan in 1802. Op last van dykrichter en hoogheemraaden van Rhynland.
Haarlem, François Bohn, 1803[-1804]. Folio. With 2 folding engraved maps, 15 folding engraved plates and 1 engraved plate, all except one signed by Daniel Veelwaard. Later green half cloth Full description
€ 650
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War of words on perspective, conic sections, cutting architectural stones and making sundials:
the Jesuit versus the Cartesian

[DUBREUIL, Jean] and others. Advis charitables sur les diverses oeuvres, et feuilles volantes du Sr. Girard Desargues Lyonois. Publiees sous les titres.
I. De Brouïllon Projet d'une atteinte aux evenements des rencontres du cone avec un plan: ...
II. De Brouïllon Projet d'exemple d'une maniere universelle, touchant la pratique du traict a preuves, pour la couppe des pierres en l'architecture.
III. D'une maniere de tracer tous quadrans d'heures égales au soleil, au moyen du style posé: ...
Mis au jour. ...
With: [DUBREUIL, Jean]. Diverses methodes universelles, et nouvelles, en tout ou en partie pour faire des perspectives. ... Tirees pour la plus-part du contenu du livre de La perspective pratique. Ce qui servira de plus de response aux deux affiches du Sieur Desargues, contre ladite Perspective pratique.
Paris, Melchior Tavernier, François l'Anglois, dit Chartres, 1642. 2 works (4 & 2 parts) in 1 volume. 4to (25.5 x 18 cm). The first work in 4 parts. It lacks two small engraved plates. The second work with 10 full-page engravings on integral leaves. Half white sheepskin parchment (ca. 1900?). Full description
€ 22,500
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Classic of surveying & instrument-making

FABRI, Ottavio. L'uso della squadra mobile, con la quale per teorica, e pratica si misura geometricamente ogni distanza, altezza, e profondità; ... accresciuta in questa terza edizione di parecchie istruzioni, ..., ec. da Giovanni Vettori.
Trent, Stamparia Vescovile Paroniana [= Giambattista Parone, printer to the Diocese of Trent], 1753. 4to. With engraved architectural title-page, 1 unnumbered folding and 3 numbered illustration plates, 25 engraved illustrations in the text, engraved arms of the dedicatee, 1 engraved pictorial initial letter. Richly gold-tooled contemporary tanned sheepskin, silk ties, gilt edges. Full description
€ 3,500
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