Turning the Book Wheel
A tumblr of semi-random stuff from the stacks of the Smithsonian Libraries
8 of July, 2013

Did we ever mention that we actually constructed a replica of Ramelli’s Book Wheel, which inspired this Tumblr blog?

Ramelli was a 16th century Italian engineer, and the book wheel is from  Le Diverse et Artificiose Machine, 1588.

His ‘book wheel’ presented volumes of text to readers in whatever position they had last placed them, and thus it is considered an early prototype of hypertext and hence the World Wide Web.” - Ever accurate Wikipedia, (accessed on 5/31/2013)

Alas folks, it doesn’t actually spin. 

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Tags:  #ramelli  #book wheel  #16th century  #engineering  #reading  #books  #mechanical  #Renaissance  #illustration

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