Saturday, October 29, 2005

Ramelli: From Original Drawing to Plagiarism

I'm inspired by some other bloggers who actually post images of the topics they covered. Following their lead, I'm posting a sequence of images that demonstrate the translation of Ramelli's work.

Each set contains three images. The first depicts what are supposed to be Ramelli's original sketches for various machines. They are contained in the Dibner library and have been digitized by the Smithsonian. The second image depicts the same machine as it appeared in Ramelli's Various and Ingenious Machines (digitized by the Smithsonian). Martha Gnudi maintains that these plates were etched by Amrboise Bachot some time prior to 1887. The third image depicts copies of Bachot's plates as prepared by Andres Bretschneider for Henning Grossen den Jüngern's copy of Ramelli, Schatzkammer, mechanischer Künste (1620). Keller describes them as "appalling plates." I scanned the images from the 1976 reissue.

Walking up some stairs beside a funky machine

Breaking a gate while standing on a boat

Lifting a block with a fly-wheel

Lifting cannon

Dragging something heavy

Dragging something else that's very heavy

Two gangs of horses moving something


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