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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. [16], 181, [2], [1 blank] pp.
€ 1,350
Second edition of the most important work on fortification by Menno van Coehoorn (1641-1704), Frisian artillery officer and military engineer. It introduced a new Dutch manner of fortification and siege warfare, covering both defence and offence, and challenged the approach that had been established by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707) in France. Though developed in part to suit the level terrain of the Low Countries, his fortification techniques and his more active deployment of troops in the defence of fortifications revolutionized warfare internationally and the present work was translated into English (1705), French (1706), German (1708) and even Russian (1710).
Binding rubbed along the extremities, top and bottom of spine damaged. Lacking two engraved plates, but otherwise in very good condition: only slightly browned with a few small spots. Jordan 0740; STCN 157287297.
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