DEL GIUDICE, Francesco.
Universalità dei mezzi di Previdenza, Difesa, e Salvezza per le calamità degl’ Incendi. Opera premiata in concorso dalla Accademia delle Scienze dell’ Istituto di Bologna.
Bologna: Tipografia dell’ Istituto delle Scienze, .1848
4to, 4 leaves, pp. viii, 387, 1 leaf (errata), and 19 folding plates (numbered to 17, + plates VI bis and XIII bis). Contemporary red roan-backed boards, spine gilt, uncut and opened. Head of spine worn, edges of boards worn or rubbed, otherwise a very good copy.
FIRST EDITION. An extremely comprehensive book on firefighting, covering the history of firefighting, the prevention of fires, and the methods of fighting fires, including the equipment required, discussing the merits of the latest breathing apparatus invented both in Italy and abroad. The plates show various types of pumps, ladders, slides and other rescue apparatus. Bibliographical details are given in footnotes. Del Giudice was director of the corps of fire-fighters of Naples. This was the only edition of his book, and is rare, but in 1851 appeared his Degli ammaestramenti dell’arte di spegnere gli incendi ed usare i partiti di salvezza per uomini e cose.