Anweisung zur Vertheidigung der Festungen von...[translated by]: F. von Bressensdorf..
by CARNOT, Lazare Nicolas Marguerite
11 folding engraved plates & numerous tables in the text. xxxii, 542,  pp. Large 4to (250 x 215 mm.), cont. red sheep maroquiné, flat spine gilt, covers framed with gilt Greek keys, gilt round sides, a.e.g. Stuttgart: Cotta, 1820. The important German translation of the third and final edition of Carnot's chief work, in a most attractive binding. Written at the request of Napoleon and published for the first time in 1810 (third ed.: 1812), it concerns the coordination and logistics necessary for a successful defense of fortified positions. The plates are highly detailed with elevations and cross-sections demonstrating his theories of fortification, which replaced those of Vauban and improved upon the ideas of Montalembert. The translator, von Bressensdorf, was a lieutenant in a Bavarian grenadier guard unit. "Known to French history as the 'Organizer of Victory' in the wars of the Revolution and to engineering mechanics for the principle of continuity in the transmission of power, Carnot [1753-1823] remains one of the very few men of science and of politics whose career in each domain deserves serious attention on its own merits...Throughout the Napoleonic period he served on numerous commissions appointed by the Institute to examine the merits of many of the mechanical inventions that testify to the fertility of French technical imagination in those years of conquest and warfare."-D.S.B., III, p. 70 & 72. An excellent copy. WorldCat locates only one example of this book in North America. Unidentified engraved noble bookplate on front paste-down. ❧ David Eugene Smith, "Lazare Nicholas Marguerite Carnot" in The Scientific Monthly, Vol. 37, No. 2, (Aug., 1933), pp. 189. Jähns 2816. N.B.G., Vol. 8, cols. 788-800.
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