Jun 20, 2022
Why did I interview Mark Andrews?
Because he's a fellow Canadian, he's an exceptional book collector
who brings an engineer's mind to the task, and he's just published
a beautiful book featuring selections from his book collection,
entitled The Science and Engineering of Water; An
illustrated catalogue of books and manuscripts on Italian
hydraulics, 1500 - 1800; it's exemplary. Exactly the kind of
thing every book collector should think about doing - in some
iteration - with his/her/their own collection.
Mark's catalogue explores the development of science
and engineering through the early modern period by presenting 367 printed books,
manuscripts and maps in
They highlight the relationship between the evolution
of ideas and the authors who documented these ideas. Drawing from Mark's larger collection of civil
with illustrations and diagrams (nearly 1000), from books that were used as working tools by Italian scientists,
engineers, and builders
from the early 1500s to the end of the 1700s.
Trust me. While books on Italian
hydraulics may not sound exactly riveting, they are. At least, they
are when Mark talks about them.