"BARATTIERI, Giovanni Battista (1601-1677) - Architettura d'Acque. Piacenza: Giovanni Bazachi, 1655-1663. First illustrated edition of a work which can be rarely found complete of its two parts. Singer: ""The best example in our period of a practical scientific work on the problems of river regulation"". 2 parts in one volume, folio (315 x 218mm). Half-title, woodcut vignettes on titles and at end of part I, a woodcut folding plate between pp. 96-97, another between pp- 258 and 259, numeours text illustrations, some full-page and double-page as the two depicting river Po' at pp.s 234-235 and 240-241, initials and headpieces (some browning and spotting, small label on title to cover an ownership inscription, some staining, wooduct on p. 240 with tear). Contemporary boards, backed with paper (spine almost loss, some wear). Provenance: some early annotations."