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Corno dogale della Architettura Militare - SARDI, Pietro. Applied mathematics & - 1639. 
Venice, Giunti, 1639 - Folio. f including engraved title + 220p. Roman & italic letter. With 45 engravings (15 double-page, 11 full-page) and some textual diagrams. Ornamental head and tail-pieces, decorative initials. Large printer's device at end. Contemporary vellum. First edition of a comparative study of systems of fortification by the Roman engineer Sardi arranged in seven books. The author discusses fortification methods used by the ancients and by contemporary architects; he is especially interested in the latest Dutch innovations illustrated in 15 engravings in book III which also contains construction tables. Sardi explains the importance of selecting a suitable location for construction in order to secure maximum advantage for defence. He also offers advice on ways of assaulting a fortress by systematic tunneling and mining its approaches. Book IV treats Roman encampments; book V sets out models for contemporary army camps; book VI is devoted to the military discipline imposed by the ancients, and book VII deals with applied mathematics. Dedicated to the Doge Francesco Erizzo. The engraved title showing Saints Marcus and Theodore upholding the ducal crown includes a bust portrait of the author, aged 79. A good, crisp copy; some occasional light toning. Breman 258; Camerini 1334; Cockle 828; Jähns 1098 (in error refers to this work as 2nd edition of Sardi's Corona Imperiale - see item below); Jordan 3306; Riccardi II, 424; Spaulding & Karpinski 128. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Hünersdorff Rare Books ABA ILAB]
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