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ANONYMOUS SIENESE ENGINEER - (after TACCOLA and FRANCESCO DI GIORGIO) - Book of machines

Place:British Library, London

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Ms. Additional 34113 (BLL)

Facsimile; late 15th century; 26x18 cm

This 261-leaf paper manuscript documents the first phase of dissemination of the drawings of Taccola and Francesco di Giorgio from which many of the figures derive. There are explicit references to Francesco, and places in Sienese territory are mentioned which are clearly familiar to the author. The codex also contains a small number of drawings that cannot be traced back to such models.

fols. 189v-190r: Flying man and mobile siege-ladder.

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