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MARIANO DI IACOPO, CALLED TACCOLA - De ingeneis, Libri III-IV

Place:Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Florence

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Ms. Palatino 766 (BNCF)

Facsimile; ca. 1431-33; 30x22 cm

This autograph paper manuscript, made up of 48 leaves, presents a series of Latin texts illustrated by accurate drawings, generally made on the two front pages. The interest in hydraulics is prevalent, attested by many devices and machines run by water. A large section of the manuscript illustrates the instruments and techniques for measuring heights and distances. The manuscript is dedicated to Emperor Sigismund of Hungary.

fols. 14v-15r: Quarrying and transporting a column by land and sea.

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