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De re militari [Italian] Opera dell' arte militare - Valturius, Robertus - 1483. 
Verona: Boninus de Boninis, de Ragusia 1483 - Valturius, Robertus De re militari [Italian] Opera dell' arte militare. Tr: Paolo Ramusio Verona: Boninus de Boninis, de Ragusia, 17 Feb. 1483 Format: f° ISTC No.: iv00090000 HC 15849; BMC VII, 952 (IB. 30748); CIBN V-59; Klebs 1015.1; Harvard/Walsh 3378; IGI 10116; Pr 6922; Goff V-90. Chancery 2o (282 x 182 mm). Collation: s6 ( blank, r translator's dedication to Roberto di Aragonia); a-d8 e6 f-g8 h10 i-u8 x-y6 z8 &8 6 6 A-B6 C-E8 F-G6 H-I8 K10 L-N8 O10 (a1 blank, a2r text, O8v colophon, O9r quire register, O9v-O10 blank). 305 leaves (of 314, lacking first quire, a1 blank, a8, and O10 blank). 36 lines and headline. Types: 2:114R, 1:90G (inscriptions on diagram on G1v). 2- to 9-line initial spaces, a few with printed guide letters. 95 woodcuts (including one repeat), many full-page. (Fols. a2 and g8 rehinged, single small wormholes through text of last several leaves, occasional small neat marginal repairs, occasional light dampstaining to upper margins, a few leaves unevenly trimmed.) 19th-century quarter vellum, edges red-speckled. Overall a tight, clean, and very attractive copy. All illustrations are present. First Italian edition, exceedingly rare and with the additional 96th woodcut not present in the Latin edition. "The historical importance of this work lies in the fact that it is the first book printed with illustrations of a technical or scientific character depicting the progressive engineering ideas of the author´s time. The woodcuts illustrate the equipment necessary for the military and naval engineer . The Verona Valturius and its reprints were the handbooks of the military leaders of the Renaissance, and even da Vinci possessed a copy." PMM First illustrated technical book in any language. First work with entirely Italian woodcut illustrations First important technical book in the vernacular The subjects cover a wide range of war machines: battering-rams, cross-bows, catapults, storming wagons, chariots, pontoons, catapults, and even an early type of grenade and a paddle-wheeled submarine. "One of the woodcuts, depicting soldiers in a tent, is entirely new. The remaining 95 cuts are freely copied from the originals attributed to Mateo Pasti the famous sculptor, which appeared in the first edition of 1472. Nearly all the woodcuts show some difference from those in the earlier edition, whether it be that the figures are differently dressed and in different attitudes or that flying birds are added to many of them, or that they are reversed and in the second edition have titles in Latin which did not appear in the 1472 edition. These woodcuts were at one time attributed to Leonardo da Vinci; a more recent and likely ascription was to the sculptor Matteo Pasti (e.g. in Hind, History of the Woodcut, vol. II, p. 411). They are now however believed to be the work of the painter Giovanni da Fano, and derive ultimately from a group of manuscripts, most of which were executed at Rimini. In all ways this book is a great and typical product of the Renaissance. The text is the work of a friend and adviser of the unspeakable Sigismondo Malatesta, who is credited with the invention of the explosive shell. The work is dedicated to him and the shell is described in it. Leonardo da Vinci owned a copy and reproduced some of the machines in his Codice Atlantico. Sultan Mahomet II also owned a copy that had been sent him by the author himself. It is known to have been carried on to the field of battle by more than one Renaissance prince. " Quaritch in the 1960's PLEASE NOTE: This book will be shipped from Europe by DHL at no cost to the buyer. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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