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Le diverse et artificiose machine

Illustrated by Agostino Ramelli (Italian, about 1531–1590), Engraver Unidentified artist, French, 16th century, Engraver Léonard Gaultier (French, 1561–1641), Formerly attributed to Jean de Gourmont II (French, about 1537–about 1598)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet IV, 1095; Mortimer, French, 452


Overall: 33.4 x 24.5 x 4.8 cm (13 1/8 x 9 5/8 x 1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with engraved title and 195 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: for the author, 1588) Folio; 354 leaves; contemporary gilt-stamped vellum, dark green cloth box.

Illustrations of machinery primarily concerned with hydraulics and the mechanisms of war; illustration of “reading machine” on p. 317 (fig. 188).

Paris: for the author, 1588


Carl König, Vienna (architect, 1841-1915--see Lugt 583--signature on front pastedown; collector's mark "CK" on title probably his too); Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer,(1898-1984), Cambridge,MA ; by whom given to MFA, November 14, 1957.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hofer