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621Structural members of an 17h century French ship-of-the-lineDetailsArnaves, J.1683
Naval Architecture- Pieces of an First Rate French Warship circa 1683
Arnaves, J.
$2,600.00Arnaves--J-Naval-Architecture--Pieces-of-an-First-Rate-French-Warship-circa-1683Highly interesting and very rare graphical parts diagram of all the pieces used in the construction of a French first-rate ship-of-the line, including structural members. This is an antique original copperplate engraved print dated within to 1683. Attribution at bottom left is to the creator "J. Arnave fec(it)" but the original inspiration for the work is attributed within an inset to Francois Coullomb: "Faict a Toulon dans lescolle de la construction par Francois Coullomb Fitz avec permission 1683." <br></br> The original usage of the diagram by Coullomb was as a large wall chart for students at the royal shipyard at Toulon, France. Includes ( in French ) the name, count, and size of each piece. The pieces shown include frames, longitudinals, knees, bitts, grates, masts, capstans, ladders, cannon, anchors, rudder, and numerous decorative trim. <br></br> This work was probably bound into a copy of Henri Sbonski de Passebon's "Plan de Plusieurs Batiments de Mer avec leurs Proportions" a volume of engravings dedicated to late 17th century nautical architecture. <br></br> Published from Toulon, France, the home to the regular French naval forces ( Vaisseaux ).
306Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions by Sbonski de PassebonDetailsHenri Sbonski de Passebon1690
Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions
Henri Sbonski de Passebon
$1,400.00Henri-Sbonski-de-PassebonCoupe-d-une-galere-avec-ses-proportions"Coupe d'une galere avec ses proportions" is one of a series of 17 antique folio-sized copperplate engravings created ca. 1690 by <strong>French galley Captain Henry Sbonski de Passebon.</strong> Scarce cutaway print of a standard late <strong>17th century French galley</strong> (galère, Fr.) with a detailed legend of parts (in French). Below the galley is a representation of the keel-form at the shipyard on which the keel was apparently built up. Very scarce. <BR> </BR> <a style="color:#9BAFCB" rel="nofollow" href= "/SbonskiPassebonBackground.aspx">View all Sbonski de Passebon engravings</a> <BR> </BR> Engraved by Barthelemy Chasse, the collection of nautical architecture plates was first published from Marseille where, in the late 17th century the arsenal was home port to the galley service of Louis XIV. This is the only plate in the volume engraved by Chasse. All other plates were engraved by Claude Randon. <BR> </BR> De Passebon was stationed at Marseilles as a Lieutenant in the Corps des Galeres during the period that he produced the drawings from which these plates were engraved. <BR> </BR> Attribution at bottom left: "Randon delineauit et sculpsit cura D'ni de Passebon Equitis" <BR></BR>Royal privilege at bottom right: "Marsiliae cum privilegio Regis" <BR></BR>Seller's attribution: <strong>"Se vendent a Marseilles chez Laurent Bremond sur le port au Coin de reboul"</strong> (Sold by Laurent Bremond from the port [Marseille] at the corner of Reboul [street].)
619Antique cutaway view of an 18th century French ship-of-the-lineDetailsHenri Sbonski de Passebon1690
Antique 17th Century Cutaway View of French Admiral's Flagship
Henri Sbonski de Passebon
$750.00Henri-Sbonski-de-PassebonAntique-17th-Century-Cutaway-View-of-French-Admiral-s-FlagshipAntique and scarce 1690 cutaway architectural view of a French Admiral's flagship of 104 cannons. Bernard Quaritch's Catalog No. 229. <sup>1 </sup> attributes the engraving's design to French galley Captain Henri Sbonski de Passebon and the engraving to Claude Randon in de Passebon's "Plans de Plusieurs Batiments de Mer avec leurs Proportions". <br></br> This highly detailed plate is one of 17 folio-sized antique copperplate engravings in that work which included a similar cutaway of a oared galley. Engraved by Claude Randon, the volume of nautical architecture plates was first published from Marseille where, in the late 17th century the arsenal was home port to the galley service of Louis XIV.<br></br> <sup>1 </sup> Quaritch, Bernard. "Catalogue of Works on the Fine Arts offered at the net prices affixed, By Bernard Quaritch." London, 1904.
448Antique engravings of large French mortars or cannonDetailsBenard, Robert1770
Fonte des Canons
Benard, Robert
$875.00Benard--RobertFonte-des-CanonsA fine gift for anyone with an interest in engineering, weaponry, or European history. A scarce pair (2) of archivally-matted antique copperplate engravings by Robert Benard depicting large mortars ca. 1738. In the early 18th century a mortar was essentially a squat, wide tube with very thick walls to withstand high pressure. <br></br> <img src="/ZoomifyImages/SC_309/SC_309_400x300.jpg" alt="de Passebon: Bomb Ketch. 1690." width="200" align="bottom" style="margin: 5px 10px 5px 0px"> </BR> <a href="" target="_blank">The 'Galiote a bombe' </a>(bomb vessel or bomb ketch) pictured inset is an antique engraving in our inventory created ca. 1690 by French galley Captain Henry Sbonski de Passebon (1637-1705). Either one or two mortars were usually placed aboard a bomb vessel which could be one of two types of vessels, either a specially built ketch (ketch: a two-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailboat with a mizzenmast smaller than the foremast) or, as is the case here, a converted three-masted vessel where the foremast had been removed, to provide a good deck space forward for the mortars. <BR> </BR> As a Captain in France's Corps des Galere, de Passebon was intimately familiar with this type ship and he is reported to have participated during the French bombardment of Genoa in 1684 , aboard the "la Perle" . </BR> The cannon are decorated with crown and globe containing three fleur-de-lis, figures representing the French royal coat of arms in the eighteenth century. From Diderot's "Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres. Total dimensions with mat about 16.5" W x 19.5" H. Mat approx 5" per side. "Benard direxit".
4801A rare 19th-century cyanotype folk-art advertisement.DetailsRathbun, Frank A.1890
Early Cyanotype Advertisement for Rathbun's Wagon Jack and Wrenches
Rathbun, Frank A.
$560.00Rathbun--Frank-A-Early-Cyanotype-Advertisement-for-Rathbun-s-Wagon-Jack-and-WrenchesA rare 19th-century <b>cyanotype print folk-art advertisement</b> ca. 1890 for F.A. Rathbun's wagon jack and wrenches. No other copy of any advertisement for Rathbun or his equipment is found online. The blueprint (cyanotype) photographic process, invented in 1842, was not adopted widely as a business document reproduction technology until after 1880. <br></br> With two cartoon-like drawings illustrating the "Worst Way" and the "Best Way" to change a wheel on a buggy or wagon (no mention of automobiles). The best way according to the author is Rathbun's Wagon Jack and Wrenches. Compliments of F.A. Rathbun Beloit, Wisconsin. <br></br> With an additional 3" x 7" cyanotype print of a large wrench labeled "F.A. Rathbun Beloit Wis." <br></br> The ad copy reads: <div class="indenttextblock"> "Compliments of F.A. RATHBUN. BELOIT WIS. Manufactuer [sic] of his celebrated Wagon Jacks & Wrenches. By the use of which any one can grease thier [sic] wagon or buggy in less then one half the time required by the use of any other jack and wrench in the market without soiling hands or clothes. The pecular [sic] construction of the jack and manner in which it is used, recommmends its-self to all who know the trouble usually experienced with all jacks that have to be used under the buggy. This is the only jack that can be used at the end of the axle so that the wheel can be slid out on it for support. The 'wrench' also recommends itself to all who would avoid geting [sic] themselves greasy and dirty or straws and dirt on the nut to be scraped off or remain on to wear out the spindle. It is always ready. Never slips, and is quickly and easily operated. All who have used them recommed [sic] them to others. Liberal discount, to the trade and agents." </div> In April 1887 Frank A. Rathbun a machinist of Beloit Wis. assigned a patent he held on a wheeled scraper to F.W. Kimball of Milwaukee, Wis. However there is no mention of a patent on Rathbun's wagon jack.
6353Blueprint for the original North Sydney Bridge.DetailsCoyle, J. E. F.1895
Blueprint Sydney Northbridge Suspension Long Gully Bridge
Coyle, J. E. F.
$1,500.00Coyle--J--E--F-Blueprint-Sydney-Northbridge-Suspension-Long-Gully-BridgeBeautiful, original late 19th century cyanotype (blueprint) profile view of the "North Sydney Bridge" NSW, then a suspension bridge, (also known as Northbridge or Long Gully Bridge). Original 48" rolled old blueprint paper with slight signs of wear consistent with date of late 19th century but fresh and bright from a protected environment. The rigid symmetry of the suspension bridge contrasts with the sketch-like character of the title and gully profile. Scale 20' = 1". <br></br> The Suspension Bridge in Northbridge, NSW was built as a steel suspension bridge with sandstone turreted towers by a private syndicate to promote residential development. The bridge opened to traffic in in January, 1892. With a suspension span of about 500 feet, it was considered one of the engineering wonders of Sydney and became a great tourist attraction. In 1939 the bridge was rebuilt as a reinforced concrete two rib arch bridge, with the original towers intact. (1) <br></br> Manuscript address on the verso "F. L. Keir Esq. Chief Engineer's. Railway Department. Brisbane. Queensland." Keir was an engineer with the railways department (2).<br /><br /> Sources:<br /> (1)<br /> (2)<br />
5219Reports of the  11th meeting of the International Navigation CongressDetailsInternational Navigation Congress1908
Report of the 11th meeting of the International Navigation Congress
International Navigation Congress
$200.00International-Navigation-CongressReport-of-the-11th-meeting-of-the-International-Navigation-CongressScarce booklets (24) of reports for the 11th meeting of the International Navigation Congress or Association Internationale Permanente de Congres de Navigation, held in St. Petersburg, Russia during 1908. Some reports with folding plates. Authors of these reports represent a diverse set of countries including but not limited to: Germany, England, Belgium, Russia, France, Italy, and the United States. <br></br> Contents include booklets in French or English text (some with engineering or hydrographic plates). The topics are related to five broad areas of interest: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Fishing ports and harbors for coastal maritime trade.</li> <li>Economic and engineering studies for Inland maritime ports.</li> <li>Port construction on sandy beaches.</li> <li>General conditions for secure maritime navigation.</li> <li>Hydrographic exploration of the seas.</li> </ul> </div> Hard cover binder secured by string closures with 24 reports, each staple bound with paper covers. Some booklets bear the oval stamp of the Liverpool Engineering Society.
4900A goat powered torpedo.DetailsAnonymous1925
Cyanotype Heath Robinson contraption goat-powered torpedo
$650.00AnonymousCyanotype-Heath-Robinson-contraption-goat-powered-torpedoYou will likely never see another one of these. From the Roaring Twenties- a cyanotype (blueprint) Heath Robinson style contraption- a goat-powered torpedo. The satirical proposed device shows advanced knowledge of torpedo design and function. (e.g. bulkheads). <br></br> Early Newport, RI colonists used Goat Island as a goat pasture. In 1925 the U.S. Navy operated a torpedo manufacturing, development and testing station on Goat Island. <br> <div class="indenttextblock">The anonymous author explained: "The torpedo is made in three sections, the head, the midship section and after body. The drawing shows the mechanism at rest. The operation is as follows: When the torpedo is fired from the tube the trigger comes in contact with a lug which causes the trigger arm to displace the cobble with falls on the Bermuda onion and crushes it. The onion gases thus released cause the goat to weep copiously. The tears are caught in the funnel on the top of the sal-ammoniac pin. These tears dissolve the sal-ammoniac pin. Thereby releasing the spring rod and prodder. This unit moves smartly forward, engaging the port quarter of the goat, thereupon the goat steps out and operates the asbestos tread mill, which is connected to the gear train that operates the propellers. A gaff and boom rig operated by the gear train, operates a spur gear which revolves rapidly on the goats back guaranteeing the continuance of the motion started by the goat prodder, the derby on the goat prevents him from catching cold while the torpedo is in the tube. It is obvious that if he should catch cold he would be rendered useless as an onion weeper. The hat also serves as a cut-off in the following manner; after a certain speed has been attained the goat has a desire to take off his hat and be comfortable, so he therefore tosses it to the rear where it falls in the gear train and jams it. Any torpedo expert will explain this to you if the above elucidation is not perfectly clear. </div>
5297Map and diagrams related to Edward Armstrong's Seadrome System.DetailsArmstrong, Edward Robert1927
Armstrong Seadrome map Floating airstrips Atlantic repeater station
Armstrong, Edward Robert
$2,500.00Armstrong--Edward-RobertArmstrong-Seadrome-map-Floating-airstrips-Atlantic-repeater-stationVery rare cyanotype (blueprint) engineering diagrams from 1927 and a Seadrome route map related to Edward Robert Armstrong's Seadrome System, a proposed system of floating airports. Armstrong's Seadrome was the first major concept for a stable floating structure at sea. Its design influenced the later development of the semi-submersible drilling rig. [1]. Armstrong's Seadrome Map (center of sheet) shows locations of repeater structures and airports planned to be anchored in the Atlantic Ocean. Only available original map of the Seadrome concept signed by Armstrong. <br></br> In the late 1920's aircraft did not have the capacity to carry passengers non-stop across the Atlantic. Armstrong's Seadrome System was designed to anchor huge landing fields in the Atlantic Ocean at 375 mile intervals, enabling short-range aircraft to hop across the Atlantic. <br></br> Signed at bottom right corner "E.R. Armstrong 5/16/27." <br></br> This diagram shows Armstrong's Seadrome semi-submersible concept, modified and adapted for use as a repeater station for trans-Atlantic cable traffic. The repeater stations were conceived in order to increase the bandwidth of cables across the Atlantic, which in the late 1920's was limited to a single telephone conversation. Through the use of Armstrong's semi-submersible repeater stations and two cables Bell Telephone engineers calculated that eight circuits across the Atlantic Ocean might be achievable. In the end, the floating repeater station idea was scrapped as it was believed impractical. [2] <br></br> [1] Pease, F. T. The Armstrong Seadrome: World's First Semi-Submersible Design ??? The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. 13th Offshore Symposium, 24 February, Houston, Texas. January 21, 2004. [2] Jacobs, O.B. Bell Laboratories Record. Vol XXXV. Number 6. June 1957. p. 207. [3]
5265Plans of accidents at Chatterley Whitfield colliery, England.DetailsWhitfield Colliery1928
Three MS plans mining accidents Whitfield Colliery, Staffordshire, England
Whitfield Colliery
$265.00Whitfield-CollieryThree-MS-plans-mining-accidents-Whitfield-Colliery--Staffordshire--EnglandLot containing three manuscript plans related to mining accidents at the Chatterley Whitfield colliery (coal mine) in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The three accidents took place over a period of eight years, attesting to the danger of coal mining. <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Plan shewing scene of accident to Charles Stubbs on Newtons No. 3 north conveyor face institute pit 29th Oct. 1935. [MS plan on paper at a scale of 1/4" = 1 foot]</li> <li>Plan showing scene of accident to Joseph Howell on No. 5 Bowling Alley Level, Holly Lane dip in the middle pit. 8/1/37 [MS plan of tracing cloth. Scale 1/4" = one foot]</li> <li>Plan shewing scene of accident to Richard Harper in the No. 3 south ten feet, hard mine dip, middle pit on 27-3-29. [MS plan of tracing cloth. Scale 1/4" = one foot] </li> </ul> </div> The Chatterley Whitfield colliery was the largest mine working the North Staffordshire coalfield and was the first colliery in the UK to produce 1,000,000 tons of saleable coal in a year (1938). In 2019, the colliery was named on the Victorian Society's list of the top ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales.
5242Six maps of the Mossback Gold Mine, near Oatman, Arizona.DetailsZulch, Herman C.1934
Maps of the Mossback Gold Mine near Oatman Arizona
Zulch, Herman C.
$550.00Zulch--Herman-C-Maps-of-the-Mossback-Gold-Mine-near-Oatman-ArizonaScarce lot of six hand-colored blue-line mine maps of the Mossback Mine near the town of Oatman in Mohave County, Arizona. Five of the six maps show a distinctive tunnel, or level, of the mine (levels 100-400 (12" x 17") and level 700 (17" x 46")). The sixth and most interesting map is the "Cross Section Through Mossback Shaft" (18" x 26") which shows the Ritter Vein and the Mossback Vein, reported to be a rich source of gold ore. From a geological perspective the map projects the potential position of the Mossback Vein as it was shifted by the Mossback Fault. <br></br> According to the Arthur Lakes Library at the Colorado School of Mines the tunnel maps and cross-section map are scarce: <div class="indenttextblocksingle"> "Most mining maps show a mining district or region. . . Most of mine maps in our collection show only the location of the claims, not the tunnels. Very few maps show cross-sections of a mine." [1] </div></br> The Mossback Mine, at an altitude of 2,400 feet, was first discovered in 1863 by Garry Mining Company. Past operations took place as late as 1933 to 1935, but the mine is now closed. The Mossback vein extended nearly half a mile in length and was 23 feet in width at the surface, widening to 40 feet at the bottom. The ore contained up to $2,000 in gold per ton (100 ounces per ton). [2] <br></br> Traced by mining engineer Herman Zulch at Oatman, Arizona. Herman Charles Zulch graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in May 1908. <br></br> Sources include: </br> [1]</br> [2]
6412Plat of the Grover Murphy Claims Nevada City by Edward C. Uren.DetailsUren, Edward Clement1940
Mining claim map Grover Murphy Nevada City California
Uren, Edward Clement
$250.00Uren--Edward-ClementMining-claim-map-Grover-Murphy-Nevada-City-CaliforniaPlat map of the Grover Murphy Claims Nevada City, California from 1940 by Edward Clement Uren M.E. (1873 - 1861). The gold claim was near Indian Flat Road about 1.8 km WNW of Nevada City. <br><br> At upper left the circular professional stamp of Edw. C. Uren, Registered Civil Engineer. <br><br> Little is known about the life of E. C. Uren. In 1912 Uren quit his job as superintendent of the Champion mine in Nevada City, CA to start a practice as a civil and mining engineer.
5220A recruitment poster for a Women's Army Corps draftsman.DetailsWomen's Army Corps1944
Stand-up Poster for WAC Topographic Draftsman
Women's Army Corps
$225.00Women-s-Army-CorpsStand-up-Poster-for-WAC-Topographic-DraftsmanAmong the key events impacting the women's movement was World War II. With men away at war, tens of thousands of women entered the workforce to meet the demands of the war for labor. Among the most well-known was "Rosie the Riveter". Here we might have an advertisement to fill the job of "Carrol the Cartographer". <br></br> A table-top, stand-up World War II recruitment poster printed on heavy card stock for the Women's Army Corps (WAC) depicting a woman drawing on a map with pencil and protractor. The job specialty promoted is Topographic Draftsman, part of the Army Ground Forces. <br></br> With a black ink over-stamp for the U. S. Army Recruiting Station, Room 217 New Post Office Building, Utica N. Y. Illustration is signed but unreadable.
5223View with schematic diagram of the German V-1 bomb.DetailsNational Fire Service Benevolent Fund1944
Bird's-eye View of the V1 Bomb an Early Cruise Missile
National Fire Service Benevolent Fund
$110.00National-Fire-Service-Benevolent-FundBird-s-eye-View-of-the-V1-Bomb-an-Early-Cruise-MissileSingle-page folding booklet with a schematic diagram of the German V-1 bomb flying above a bird's eye view of the British countryside. The V-1 was a German weapon, an early and crude cruise missile, designed to strike terror into the British population. During World War II Germany used the V-1 in the thousands against south-east England from launch sites along the French and Dutch coasts. <br></br> Reproduced from the London Illustrated News with proceeds devoted to the National Fire Service Benevolent Fund. <br></br> With text, cutaway drawings, and inset schematic diagrams explaining of the German impulse engine (an early jet engine) and the mechanism used to control the missile's flight path. Verso with text and title page. <br></br> Price when issued: sixpence. Drawn by G.H. Tavis. 1944. Printed by Temple Fortune Press. Printers. London.
4928Pictorial map advertisement for computer networking.DetailsDigital Equipment Corporation1972
Early Persuasive Map Advertising ARPA Network pre-Internet
Digital Equipment Corporation
$275.00Digital-Equipment-CorporationEarly-Persuasive-Map-Advertising-ARPA-Network-pre-InternetI'll see your Timothy Edward Downs and raise you 20. <br /><br /> Very early pictorial map advertisement for Digital Equipment Corporation or DEC, for their DEC10 Supercomputer as a key part of the ARPA network. With the introduction of the TCP-IP protocols, ARPANET grew rapidly in size and within less than 20 years evolved into the Internet. <br /><br /> ARPA stands for Advanced Research Projects Agency, a U.S. Defense Department agency responsible for leading-edge technical research. Beginning in 1967, by 1969 the ARPANET network interconnected four supercomputers, in 1970 - 9 supercomputers and by 1972 - 24 supercomputers . <br /><br /> The ad shows the location of ARPANET supercomputers, generally large universities and research institutions; the interconnections between those supercomputers; and the data exchanged between the computers. <br /><br /> In the early 1970's networking concepts were poorly understood and the artist uses common pictograms as metaphors as an aid to understanding. Without exception each university/research Supercomputing center is represented by old white men in suits, most with ties (NASA Ames the exception). Names of each institution appears on the outstretched arms of the old white men as they extend into the cube of another institution with an old white man. By Digital Equipment Corporation, Maynard, Massachusetts, run by old white men in the 1970's.