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Del modo di fortificar le citta - ZANCHI, Giovan Battista de'. First Italian - 1556. 
Venice [Nicolini da Sabio] 1556 - Zanchi, Giovan Battista de'. Del Modo Di Fortificar Le Città. Venice [Nicolini da Sabio] 1556. Small 4to. 63 + p. Italic & roman letter. Fine oval woodcut portrait of the author on title within scroll-work border, 8 woodcuts (5 full-page, 2 folding); decorative head-pieces and historiated woodcut initials. Vellum paper binding 'a la rustica'. The earliest printed Italian monograph on fortification. First published in 1554, the book is also the earliest to appear in Europe on the subject after Dürer's specialist treatise of 1527 (Etliche underricht zur befestigung der Stett). Other contemporary writers such as Cataneo, Tartaglia, and Valle only contributed in the form of chapters. Zanchi (1515-c.1586), a military engineer in the Venetian service, explains that the introduction of artillery called for a reform of the existing fortification systems which were not strong enough to withstand the impact of the new arm. He advocates a system of defence based on octagonal and square boundaries with bastions at the angles. The woodcuts are among the earliest showing the new pentagonal form of bastion. The dedication is to Maximilian of Austria. The book was influential through reprints and piracies. A French translation by François de la Treille was published as his own work at Lyons (1556), and an English version translated from the French was included in Peter Whithorne's Certaine waies (London 1562). A good copy with firm impressions of the illustrations. Berlin Katalog 3508; Breman 345; Cockle 767 (note); Jordan 4188; Riccardi II, 649. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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