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BUSTETER, Hans. 16th century
Ernstlicher Bericht/ wie sich ain Frumme Oberkayt Vor/ In/ vnd Nach/ den gefärlichsten Kriegßnöten
Augsburg: H. Steiner, 1532. Vellum over thin boards, old blue edges, mostly uncut. First Edition. Sparked by the imminent Turkish threat and dedicated to the town counselors and mayor of Augsburg, this early vernacular military manual is divided into seventy-five short chapters on offense, defense, soldiers of all ranks, impedimenta, pay, setting watch, provisions, weaponry (including portable firearms), war cries, cavalry movement, hand-to-hand combat, light horse and the slaughter of retreating troops. It gives instructions for besiegers and the besieged and the rules for taking and releasing hostages. It emphasizes the importance of battle plan secrecy. The author apparently addressed topics as they occurred to him. For instance, his remarks on the order of battle - in 17 sections - comes quite near the end of the book. His language (an idiosyncratic mix of Swabian and German) is a rich lexical source. I have found one example in the U.S. In good condition (minor hand soiling, very narrow pale stain on a dozen leaves), posthumous bookplate of Albert Howard. ¶Jähns, Geschichte der Kriegswissenschaften I: 478-9; Moxey, Peasants, Warriors and Wives. Popular Imagery in the Reformation 77 & fig. 4.8; Busteter, Ernstlicher Bericht ed. Peters [iii]-[vii]; Hohenemser, Flugschriftsammlung Freytag 1423; VD 16 B 9990.
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