Dimostrazioni, e Prove sopra l’Attivita’ ed Uso vantaggioso del Gran coltro…. Alessandro BORRO, marchese del.

A New Kind of Plough

Dimostrazioni, e Prove sopra l’Attivita’ ed Uso vantaggioso del Gran coltro…

Engraved allegorical frontis. & seven large folding engraved plates. 8 p.l. (incl. frontis. & half-title), 80, [2], 56 pp., one leaf of errata. Large 4to, cont. vellum over boards. Milan: per M.A. Pandolfo Malatesta, 1718.

First edition of this rare and finely illustrated work on a new type of plough developed by the Marchese Borro (1672-1760), mathematician, mechanician, soldier, and poet, who lived in Tuscany. The author provides a detailed account of the various trials he performed while the plough was in development.

The fine plates, executed by the renowned Milanese artist Gaetano Bianchi, depict the various parts of the plough and the plough being used in the field.

Fine copy. With the bookplate of Francesco Maria Berio (1765-1820), marchese di Salza, who was a leading intellectual figure in Naples and wrote several libretti for Gioacchino Rossini. Salza formed a large and important library, sold upon his death to William Ward (1750-1823), 3rd Viscount Dudley and Ward. With Viscount Dudley and Ward’s bookplate. Faint stamp of the Rothamsted Experimental Station on front paste-down.

❧ See Riccardi, I, col. 170 for other works by Borro.

Price: $2,950.00

Item ID: 6502