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1662 Water Powered Water Raising Machine - Eberhard Kieser (1583-1631); Boeckler - Technology

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Water Powered Water Raising Machine

Engraved by Kiefer for Boeckler’s great collection: Theatrum Machinarum Novum published in 1662.

From the GREATEST ‘MACHINE BOOK’ of the 17th Century.

29.7 x 20.4 cm

Boeckler’s Theatrum Machinarum Novum is another of the great ‘machine’ books with many beautiful engravings of gunpowder mills, saw mills, water raising devices, fire engines, roasting spits and so on. Böckler was a German architect and engineer interested in masses of gearing, complex workings, and devices that even by modern standards invite awe and admiration” (Hoover).

The magnificent plates are of various types of motion drives powered by intricate systems of wheels employing water, wind, weights, horse power, human muscle, or some striking combinations of these. 

Eberhard Kieser was an engraver and publisher in Frankfurt am Main. Married in 1609. Best known for his picture book, the 'Thesaurus Philo-politicus' or 'Politisches Schatzkästlein' with text by Daniel Meisner, published in Frankfurt 1625/6 and 1627/3. 

Good overall condition on fine laid paper.