Artelt, Paul. Die Wasserkünste von Sans-souci. Eine geschichtliche Entwickelung von der Zeit Friedrichs des Großen bis zur Gegenwart.

Berlin, Alb. Schwarz, 1893.

Folio (255 x 340 mm). (6), 96 pp. With folding colour-lithographed plan (48 x 65 cm), 5 portrait plates and 83 heliotypes, mostly after photographs. Original cloth, stamped in full colour. All edges gilt.


Anniversary publication celebrating the fountain system of Sanssouci Park, which finally had become operational in 1842. While the complex system of pumping houses and reservoirs was conceived under Frederick II, hydraulics in the mid-18th century was still in its infancy, and only the invention of the steam engine solved the problem a century later.

Artelt served as Royal Prussian master of machinery. His commemorative work comprises a historical and a highly detailed technical part. A meticulous plan shows not only the more than 60 facilities built above ground, but also the pipeline system with its various diameters, faucets, boilers, etc. Several of the plates show splendid fountains in full operation that have since disappeared, been damaged or deactivated. The fountains of Sanssouci have been undergoing redevelopment for many years.


Unobtrusive, contemporary ink ownership of Clara Schaeffer to flyleaf.


Occasional insignificant foxing, otherwise an appealing, well-preserved copy.


OCLC 251190359.

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