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Johannes Fontana (1395-approximately 1455) -- Notebooks sketchbooks etc., Johannes Fontana (1395-approximately 1455) -- Criticism and interpretation, Engineers -- Italy -- 15th century
Bennett Gilbert peruses the sketchbook of 15th-century engineer Johannes de Fontana, a catalogue of designs for a variety of fantastic and often impossible inventions, including fire-breathing automatons, pulley-powered angels, and the earliest surviving drawing of a magic lantern device.
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Gilbert, B. (2018). The Dreams of an Inventor in 1420. The Public Domain Review.