Chimney design, 16th century

Chimney design, 16th century

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Caption: Chimney design, 16th-century artwork. The new chimney designs illustrated here, including depictions of the Sun and the winds, were intended to shelter the chimneys to ensure that smoke was drawn up them, rather than venting into the rooms being heated. This is figure 41 from a book by the French inventor and mathematician Jacques Besson (circa 1540-1573). The Latin title of the book was 'Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum' (Theatre of machines and instruments). It was originally published in around 1572. This engraving is from the 1582 edition, published in Lyon by the publisher Barthelemy Vincent.

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