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Richly illustrated work on fortification, with 148 engravings

DESPREZ DE SAINT-SAVIN, Pierre-Samuel.
Nouvelle ecole militaire, ou la fortification moderne, divisée en quatre parties, ornée de cent-cinquante [recté=148] planches en taille-douce...
Paris, P.G. le Mercier, 1735. Oblong 8vo in 4s (13 x 19.5 cm). With an engraved frontispiece and 148 engravings, many nearly full-page. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers. [4], 342 [=344], [4] pp.
€ 900
Rare first edition of a richly illustrated work on fortification by the French engineer Pierre-Samuel Desprez de Saint-Savin. It gives an overview of the progress made in the years before 1735 in the field of fortification, dealing with the attack and defence of forts, the construction of field fortifications, marching, and the different methods used in different countries, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The 148 engraved plates (the title-page erroneously says 150) show forts, citadels, profiles, soldiers, battle plans, armory, machinery and more. Also discussed are the theories of various military engineers like Vauban, Van Coehoorn, Pagan and Stevin.
Slightly browned, some smudges and small stains and a few marginal water stains. Binding rubbed along the extremities, sides rubbed and front board cracked. A good copy. Jordan 0879 (2 copies); WorldCat (7 copies); not in Jähns; Sloos, Warfare.
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Military history  >  Fortification & Military Architecture | Military History 18th Century