1699 · Brusselas
Fernández de Medrano (1646–1705) was the "director de la Academia Real y Militar de el Exercito de los Payses Bajos." The first edition of this work on bombs, muskets, grenades, fireworks, artillery, etc., appeared from the Foppens press in 1691; this second edition is revised and augmented. Its planned publication was interrupted by the "disturbing" news of Louis Hennepin's discoveries in the New World and Fernández de Medrano's decision to first publish an abridged Spanish-language edition of Hennepin's Nouveau Voyage. Our author's worry about foreign incursion into Spain's New World hegemony was then further exasperated, as he explains in his preface here, by news of the Scots attempt to establish a colony at Darien. For Fernández de Medrano these events made the need for an improved edition of this martial manual all the more obvious.
The text is printed in a utilitarian roman, with only one woodcut initial and no woodcut ornaments. The => nine folding plates were engraved by Jacobus Harrewijn, after designs by the author's students.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only three U.S. libraries reporting ownership of this edition.
Philip, Bibliography of Firework Books, F050.1; Palau 89222, Peeters-Fontainas, Bibliographie des impressions espagnoles des pays-bas méridionaux, 449. On the author, see: Archivo biográfico de España, Portugal, e Iberoamérica, fiche 323, frames 120–28. Contemporary Spanish sheep in the Valenciana style; plain boards, modest gilt tooling on spine, partially surviving leather spine label. Overall age-toning; modest worm trail in some foremargins, not costing words; one plate with repaired partial fold tear. => A rather nice copy. (Inventory #: 36367)