Very good, fresh copy of this uncommon book – a richly illustrated work presenting a summary of the progress of the military science in general and fortifications in particular, considering Dutch, Spanish and Italian systems compared to the French developments of Chevalier de Ville, Comte de Pagan and, naturally, Vauban.
The content is divided into four parts: structure of fortifications, arrangement and moving of armed troops, defense of different fortifications and artillery. First published in 1735.
Small landscape 4to (13 x 19.5 cm). Title engraved by Guilard after Le Roux, letterpress title, , 342, , including 141 engravings numbered (with pp. numbers), with the engr. pp. 83 and 85 originally pasted on wrong illustrations first printed; tear (paper flaw?) to bottom corner of one leaf without affecting image. Contemporary speckled calf, spine with raised bands with gilt ornaments, red morocco label in one with gilt lettering, blue silk bookmark; a bit rubbed at extremities, head of spine chipped, boards with small abrasion areas.
Provenance: Ricardi Moore (inscription in ink to upper fly leaf).