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SARDI, PIETRO. - [MAIN WORK ON ARTILLERY]
L'Artiglieria di Pietro Sardi Romano divisa in tre Libri. Nel Primo dei quali si discorre sopra la Machine Antiche...Nel secondo, si tratta, che cosa sia Artiglieria,...Nel terzo Libro si tratta con soma faculita et ordine chiaro dell'Uso di tale Artiglieria...
Venetia, Giouanni Guerrigli, 1621. Folio. Cont. full (italian) vellum. Binding fine and intact with only a few brownspots on covers. Fine engraved allegorical title with portrait of the author. (10),142 pp., 9 engraved plates and 18 large engravings in the text (from full- page to half-page). A dampstain in upper inner corners, decreasing towards end (4x3 cm) and a dampstain in lower right corners (increasing towards end (4x4 cm) ). Otherwise good with large margins, 3 small stamps (1 on flyleaf, 1 on title and 1 on verso of title). Engraved royal book-plate and a royal signature (CR = CRex), the Danish king Chr. V. Over the bookplate in contemporary hand: "G.F. Francus de Frankenau Med.D. & P.P./ Hafniæ 1709". ¶ First edition of what is perhaps the main work on artillery from the 17th Century, by one of the most highly regarded experts on artillery, the military scientist Pietro Sardi (1559 - 16?).The important "l'Artiglieria", which contains detailed descriptions of land- and navel-artillery, cannon and gun barrel production, saltpeter and gunpowder, ballistics etc., etc.,constitutes Sardi's most important work, and it occupies an absolute central place within military science of the 17th century. In the 17th century, military scientists were not generally aware of the exact qualities and abilities of saltpeter, e.g. that it became finer and purer each time it was boiled. Pietro Sardi was one of the leading scientists in the field of gunpowder and saltpeter at the time, and it is in his "L'Artiglieria" that his important theories on saltpeter are developed. He claimed tha … [Click Below for Full Description]
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