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First issue of the first edition of an important work on military and civic architecture,
with 53 engraved plates

BÉLIDOR, Bernard Forest de.

La science des ingenieurs dans la conduite des travaux de fortification et d'architecture civile.
Paris, Claude Jombert, 1729. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece by Rigault, title-page printed in red and black, engraved headpiece by Filloeul at the head of the dedication, and 53 engraved plates (51 folding), mostly after drawings by Comte Thomassin. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine with brown title-label, marbled endpapers.

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Second edition of a highly innovative work on Dutch fortification

COEHOORN, Menno van.

Nieuwe vestingbouw, op een natte of lage horisont; welke op driederleije manieren getoont word in 't fortificeren der binnengrote van de Fransche royale seshoek...
Leeuwarden, heirs and widow of Hendrik Rintjes, 1702. Folio. With 12 (of 14) engraved plates, including 6 folding and 3 double-page. Contemporary calf, with blind-stamped centrepiece on both sides.

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A great classic of Dutch fortification, with a new plate added for this edition

COEHOORN, Menno van.

Nouvelle fortification, tant pour un terrain bas et humide, que sec et élevé, representée en trois maniéres sur le contenu intérieur de l 'exagone a la Françoise, ...
Wesel, Jacob von Wesel [printed by Johann Kattepoel or his heirs, or possibly by a printer in the Netherlands], 1706. 8vo. With 14 (of 15) engraved folding plates. Contemporary vellum.

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The greatest and best-illustrated work on fortification of its time,
with hundreds of plates and 7 beautifully decorated title-pages, rarely found complete

DILICH, Wilhelm. Peribologia oder Bericht ... von Vestungs Gebewen, vieler Örter vermehrett wie auch mit gebürenden Gründt und Auffrissen versehen ...
Frankfurt am Main, Johann Wilhelm Dilich (colophon: printed by Anton Humm), 1640. 2 parts plus plates in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved general title-page and 2 engraved part-titles, each part with 2 additional engraved divisional titles dividing it into two "books", 234 unnumbered engraved plates by the author's son, Johann Wilhelm Dilich (1 large folding, plate size 46.5 x 60.5 cm; and as bound in the present copy 198 double-page and 35 single-page). Vellum (ca. 1695/1700?). Full description
€ 8,500
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Series of 63 large leaves of finely executed architectural and fortification drawings, most partly in colour

[DRAWINGS - MILITARY ARCHITECTURE]. [Binding title:] Zivil und Militärarchitektur.
[Germany?], 1748 [or a few years later]. Oblong Imperial folio (34.5 x 46.5 cm). A series of 63 leaves of pen and ink-wash drawings, each drawn on the recto in a thick-thin border (29 x 41 cm), with captions, headings, etc. in German in a gothic hand, foreign names and words in a Latin hand and titles in a Latin hand or lettered in roman capitals. Half red pigskin (ca. 1900), with title on the front board and spine. Full description
€ 8,500
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First Latin edition of Dürer on fortification, with 21 (mostly large folding) illustrations

DÜRER, Albrecht.

De urbibus, arcibus, castellísque condendis, ac muniendis rationes aliquot, praesenti bellorum necessitati accommodatissimae: nunc recens è lingua Germanica in Latinam traductae.
Paris, Chrétien Wechel, 1535. Folio (32.5 x 22.5 cm). With Wechel's woodcut device on the title-page and on the verso of the otherwise blank final leaf, 13 large woodcut diagrams and other illustrations on the 10 folding leaves and 8 more on the leaves of the integral bifolia. Mid or late 19th-century brown sheepskin.

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€ 3,950
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Europe fortified: the fortifications of Marolois, Stevin and Vauban, beautifully mapped,
together with an atlas of the coasts of France, also with fortifications

FER, Nicolas de. Les forces de l' Europe, ou description des principales villes; avec leurs fortifications. . . .
Paris, "chez l'auteur" [=Nicolas de Fer, a false imprint], 1695-1696 [printed in Amsterdam, for Pieter Mortier, 1695-ca. 1702]. 10 parts in 1 volume. With 234 beautifully engraved plates (a few folding) with 366 maps and views of fortified cities.
With: (2) FER, Nicolas de. Costes de France, sur l' ocean & sur la Mer Mediterranée &c. avec leurs fortifications. . . .
Paris, "Nicolas de Fer" [a false imprint], 1695. [printed in Amsterdam, for Pieter Mortier]. With engraved title-page and 40 engraved plates (including 2 folding). 2 works in 12 parts or volumes, bound as 1 volume. Oblong 1mo (30×37 cm). Contemporary tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 17,500
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Fortification and military architecture, with 32 folding colour drawings (plans, sections, etc.)

[FORTIFICATION MANUSCRIPT]. Traite des fortifications.
[France, ca. 1730?]. 4 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 32 folding drawings in black and red ink and grey and coloured washes showing plans, sections and elevations of fortifications and of military buildings, bridges, gates, etc. Near contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 7,500
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Magnificent atlas with 80 mostly coloured manuscript maps and fortification plans

[FORTIFICATION ATLAS]. [Collection of 80 manuscript maps and plans of fortifications, fortified towns and fortified estates].
[The Netherlands, ca. 1624-1628]. Large folio (42.5 x 29.5 cm). With 80 manuscript maps and plans, 75 double-page (2 with a flap folded in), 4 larger folding (including 3 assembled from 1 1/2 sheets), and 1 also double-page in size but assembled from 2 smaller sheets. Most include a scale and 71 are coloured, mostly in opaque gouaches. They show plans of fortifications and towns in the Netherlands (51), Germany (16), Italy (3), France (4), Poland (2), Belgium (2), Malta (1) and Brazil (1). Early 18th-century(?) sprinkled tanned sheepskin, rebacked and restored. Full description
€ 165,000
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