Selected illustrations from the German architect and engineer Georg Andreas Böckler's Architectura Curiosa Nova (1664). The book is mostly concerned with the theory of hydrodynamics, water pump systems and different designs for water fountains, but also contains this series of elaborate geometrical pleasure garden designs. It's not entirely clear whether they are projected plans or a record of what already existed (if anyone knows then please do let us know!).
May 21, 2013