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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.
€ 1,250
First issue of the first edition of a work on military and civil architecture, written by the French engineer Bernard Forest de Bélidor (1698-1761). The book opens with a dedication to the French king Louis XV, a preface by the author and an approbation. The book is divided into six "books", dealing with the theory of mechanics, masonry and the construction of vaults and arches; properties of materials (including for the first time the soil), planning and construction of urban and military service buildings, decoration and ornaments (an entire section is devoted to the five orders of columns), surveying and estimated costs. Included at the end is a table of contents.
With the bookplate of "J&A Leupen" on paste-down, and the bookplate, inscription and 2 stamps of "Boekerij A.P.M. de Kluijs, Tilburg". Title-page slightly thumbed, text leaves and plates in very good condition, with only occasionally a small spot or stain or some minor thumbing. Binding rubbed, slightly damaged at the head of the spine.
BAL 237; Jähns, p. 1745; Jordan 0219; not in Sloos, Warfare.
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