Prattica Manuale dell"Artiglieria ... di Fuochi Artificiali; e di varij
Milan: Filippo Ghisolfi and Giovanni Battista Bidelli, 1641.
The eleventh chapter in this influential artillery manual deals with rockets
and other pyrotechnic displays, and features a wood-cut of a "girandole"
- a thick walled tube filled with a slow buming composition and drilled
with many angled holes each of which contains a small rocket.
Photograph 6a: Title-page.
Photograph 6b: Illustration of a girandole.
Practica manuale dell 'arteglieria, opera historica, politica e militaire
... [&] di fuochi artificiali
Milan: Filippo Ghisolfi & ad
instanza di Gio. Battiata Bidelli, 1641.
The first edition of Collado's Practical manual on artillery ... [and]
of artificialfires was published in Italian at Venice in 1586, a copy
of that edition is in the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection. A second
edition, written in his native Spanish, was published at Milan in 1592.
This manual was subsequently translated back into Italian for editions printed
at Milan in 1601 [Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection] and 1641 [Dupee
Fireworks Collection, shown above]. Even though the dedicatees are different,
the text has been reset and the layout of the plates altered, the Italian
editions of 1606 and 1641 are virtually identical in content.
Of the seven treatises in this artillery manual only one contains material
pertaining to recreational fireworks. Chapter 11 of the sixth treatise is
entitled "Of ... fires which can be adapted for use in times of festivity."
The volume is to woodcuts of vertical and horizontal Catherine wheels and,
on the facing page, a girandole-a thick walled tube filled with a slow burning
gunpowder and drilled with many angled holes each of which contains a small