Hero Alexandrinus. Spiritalium liber.

Amsterdam, Johann Jansson à Waesberge, 1680.

4to. (4), 120 pp. With 82 engravings in the text. Early 19th c. full calf with green labels to gilt spine. Marbled endpapers.


First printing of this Latin edition, based on Federico Commandino's translation. Includes Giambattista Aleotti's "Quatuor theoremata spiritualia" (in Latin translation). A very prettily illustrated work showing the fountains, water-powered machines, and hydraulic organs described by the Greek mathematician and engineer Hero of Alexandria in the first century A.D.



Hoffmann II, 217. Graesse III, 258.

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