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  • Marchants, they get very strong and well seasoned plankes for the building, the Shippewrights, they with daily trauaile, and their greatest skill doe fitte them for the dispatch of the shippes: they calke them, pitch them, and among the rest, they make one most stanch and firme, by an excellent and ingenious inuention.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • O rare and excellent picture, though not altogether matching the skill of Apelles: O sharpe and wonderfull inuention, if authenticall: O knowledge more then humane, though not at all diuine.

    A briefe commentarie of Island, by Arngrimus Ionas

  • There most cunningly did _Logistica_ lyke an Orator make a discourse in commendation physically of that excellent confection of the noblenes of the substaunce, secrecie of the art, and straungenes of the inuention.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • Euen so after inuention, the principall and speciall rule, for an Architector is a quadrature, the same deuided into smales the harmonie and sweete consent of the building, setteth foorth it selfe, and the conuenient adiunctes, agreeable to theyr principall.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • After that, the ingenious Artificer wanting no inuention, hee seperated the graynes in steade of the fylme with siluer foyle.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • The Musicke beganne vppon a sodayne with a rare inuention to sound a charge with a pleasaunt concord, participating togeather a sweete and thundering melodie, hauing in it a deuine furie.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • As also consider the hugenesse of the worke, the excessiue sumptuousnesse, the straunge inuention, the rare performance, and exquisite diligence of the woorkeman.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • In all which this porche was most excellent, both for the rare inuention and woonderfull composition thereof, and the strange additions to beautifie the same, in such sorte so exquysite, so fitly placed, and so curiouslie cut and ingrauen, as the smallest part thereof could not bee accused of anye fault, but the woorkman commended for the perfection of his skill.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • The beast so exactly and cunningly proportioned, as inuention could deuise, and art performe.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • Bull made of Brasse, by the art and inuention of one Perillus: into which Bull, all such as were condemned to death were put, and by reason of extreame heate of fire made vnder the same, those that were executed, yelled foorth terrible soundes and noyses, like to the lowing of a Bull.

    The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1


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