1662 Balth. Schwan; Boeckler PAPER MAKING clearest delineation to date!!! - Trades
Two men can be seen working in a paper mill; to the left, the waterwheel provides the power. Newly made sheets of paper hang on drying racks above. The man on the left is carrying a tray of wood pulp; the man on the right is turning the screw on a wooden paper mill.
This plate depicts paper-making equipment and processes, which are “the clearest delineation of the art to this date” (Hunter, The Literature of Papermaking, page 18): it illustrates the linen rags being pulped with water-powered hammers, while the vatman stands ready with a mould, the coucher presses the post, and the drying sheets hang on ropes above, ready to be sized, calendared, gathered into reams, and packaged.
Engraved by Kiefer for Boeckler’s great collection: Theatrum Machinarum Novum published in 1662.
From the GREATEST ‘MACHINE BOOK’ of the 17th Century.
30 x 20.9 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).