The Barsanti and Matteucci Engine


This truly rare book, published in English, tells the remarkable story of the two Italians who have only recently been acknowledged as the inventors of the first internal combustion engine in 1851/2.

It is a 180 page hard cover book published by the Municipality of Pietrasanta and the Rotary Club of Viareggio and Versilia to honour the work of Father Eugenio Barsanti, a local priest and scientist and his engineer friend Felice Matteucci who between them invented a stationary engine that ran on gas, not steam. Written by Mauro Bramanti and Giampaolo Gargani it is illustrated with many drawings of the workings of the engine and charts but analyses all the various similar concepts of the period in this field. It also contains transcriptions of some fascinating letters including one from Father Barsanti sent to the Pope in Rome explaining his invention and asking for his blessing.

To any engineering historian it is a quite remarkable book and certainly deserves more appreciation for it was privately published and therefore not easily obtainable. The book was given to me after I had given a talk to the Barsanti and Matteucci Society in Pietrasanta twelve years ago.

The price including postage to the UK and Europe is: £20
The price including postage to the USA and Rest of the World is: £26

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Price including postage to the UK and Europe is £20, Price including postage to the USA and Rest of the World is £26