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L'Art de jetter les Bombes - BLONDEL, Nicholas FranÃ§ois - 1683. 
Added engraved title, large engraved vignette on title, engraved headpieces, one engraved plate, & many illus. in the text (some woodcut, some engraved). 4 p.l., 445,  pp., one leaf of errata. Large 4to, cont. polished tree calf, spine richly gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: l'Autheur & N. Langlois, 1683. First edition and a lovely copy from the Macclesfield library. During his infantry service, Blondel had been amazed at the crude methods of the French bombardiers. After having scrutinized all the publications on the subject including those of Galileo and Torricelli, Blondel developed a series of practical rules, explained in the present work. These rules were based on three solutions proposed by Buot, Roemer, and La Hire. "Blondel used the three solutions for establishing the practical rules which he formulated in his L'Art de jetter les bombes, the printing of which was delayed until 1683 by order of Louis XIV, who hardly cared to have the enemy profit by it."-D.S.B., II, p. 202. Blondel (1618-86), military engineer and architect, wrote the standard French work on architecture (1675-83) which remained the definitive reference work for French architects for more than a century. Very fine copy from the Macclesfield library with embossed stamp on title and the South Library bookplate. Engraved armorial bookplate of Lt. Gen. G.L. Parker, the fourth Earl of Macclesfield.
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