Modelles Artifices de Feu et divers Instrumens de Guerre avec les Moyens de s'en prevaloir pour assieger battre surprendre et deffendre toutes places. Utiles et necessaires a Tous ceux qui font Profession des Armes.
by BOILLOT, Joseph.
Finely engraved title & 90 full-page engravings in the text. 5 p.l., 203 pp. Small folio, orig. semi-stiff vellum (two early marginal repairs to text leaves), ties gone. Chaumont: Q. Marechal, 1598. First edition, and a really lovely copy, of this uncommon and finely illustrated book on war machinery. Boillot (b. 1560), was an architect from Langre and military engineer to Henri IV. In his youth, he studied mathematics and drawing and was familiar with all aspects of engraving. Most of the illustrations and engravings in this work are also by the author. This is the first book printed in Chaumont, then and now a small provincial town on the Marne River. The book deals with the author's own inventions, machines of war, artillery, the manufacture of cannons, the preparation of gunpowder, and pyrotechnics. Many of the plates illustrate mechanical principles or machinery, very much in the tradition of the other great Renaissance machine books. Occasional light browning but a fine copy. As in all copies of the first edition, nine pages are left blank for further illustrations. On the free front endpaper is a manuscript recipe written at the time of publication of this book. ❧ Brunet, I, 1064-"volume peu common." Cockle 933. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5249)
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