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FRANCESCO DI GIORGIO - Codicetto

Place:Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana,Vatican City

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Ms. Lat. Urbinas 1757 (BAV)

Facsimile (Belser-Verlag, Zurich 1989); ca. 1465-70; 8x6 cm

This minuscule, autograph vellum codex contains 191 leaves, which include a series of free copies of texts and drawings by Taccola. There is also a conspicuous group of studies that exhibit much more complicated mechanisms, which are probably the fruit of Francesco's own investigations. These innovative studies concern mills, pumps, carts and machines to lift and displace weights.

fols. 139v-140r: Floating mills (left); mill with horizontal wheel (above right) and mill with horizontal wheel working with the help of a bucket-pump.

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