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3.19 Annotated documentation of tools and instruments

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Molti istrumenti usano gli antichi, de li quali s’ha notizia parte per li scrittori, e parte per le scolture, e Medaglie, dove si veggono. E però si farà un bellissimo libbro, dove saranno primamente disegnati tutti li strumenti antichi, di che si possa haver chiarezza, […] con una dichiarazione appresso di ciascuno istrumento, che cosa egli fusse, come si chiamasse, a che uso servisse, quali scrittori ne faccian menzione, e dove si veda hoggidi ne le cose antiche [Tolomei 1547, 83v].

The ancient used many instruments / tools of which there is some information from the writers and some from the sculptures, the mdeals where they are shown. And so a beautiful book will be made where all the ancient instruments will be shown, about which one has some knowledge. […] with an explaination beside each instrument what it was, how it was called, for which use it served, which authors mention it and where it can bes seen today among the ancient things.

No known printed book corresponds to this description exactly, and no codex collecting such drawings has been discovered yet.9 But there are some drawings of this kind along with their inscriptions collected by Jean Matal in his Vatican codices, as will be detailed in the following example regarding a book dedicated entirely to inscriptions.10

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