Moving the obelisks : a chapter in engineering history in which the Vatican obelisk in Rome in 1586 was moved by muscle power, and a study of more recent similar moves View larger
Dibner (Bern), 1897-1988

Moving the obelisks : a chapter in engineering history in which the Vatican obelisk in Rome in 1586 was moved by muscle power, and a study of more recent similar moves

Cambridge, MA & London, Society for the History of Technology / MIT Press, 1970
(26 cm), 61 (3) pp., illustrations (1 folding). Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - An account of one of the most celebrated engineering achievements of the 16th century, the removal in one piece of a 360-ton obelisk from the former Circus Nero in Rome, to its present site in front of St. Peter’s, based upon Fontana’s Della Transportatione dell’Obelisco Vaticano (Rome, 1590). Reprint (original edition, New York: Burndy Library, 1950). ¶ Wrappers rubbed, light shelf wear.
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