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2012-08-31 21:50:15
Robert de Baudous, AMSTERDAM, 1608. VERY RARE - SCARCE EDITION, FINE VELLUM BINDING, LARGE FOLIO. RARE FIRST EDITION, 117 ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS, "MANIEMENT D'ARMES, D'ARQUEBUSES, MOUSQUETZ ET PIQUES" by JACOB De GHEYN, AMSTERDAM: Robert de Baudous. 1608. (Published date 1608). RARE FIRST EDITION. LARGE FOLIO 14.5" x 10.25" Inches. (LxB). Fine engraved allegorical title, in three parts, 117 full-page engraved plates. Final leaf of text is the Privilege page dated 1607. A rare book in the original full fine later 18th century vellum binding, spine with 6 raised bands. The first French edition of De Gheyn's famous drill manual, known in English as the Exercises of Arms. The work is based on the drill developed at the end of the 16th century by Count Johann II of Nassau-Siegen (1551-1623) and introduced in the Dutch Army by his cousin Maurits, Prince of Orange (1567-1625). Lipperheide Qb19. This superb volume is the principal work of Jacques de Gheyn. This edition, consisting text in three languages is very rare and no copy of this type is listed at the Copenhagen Royal Library. 3 series of full page engraved plates showing exercises with arquebuses, musket and pike. Each plate is numbered in plate & there are 42, 43 and 32 plates respectively. Complete as issued. A classic work. ARQUEBUSES - A heavy portable matchlock gun invented during the 15th century. MUSKETS - The term "musket" is applied to a variety of weapons, including the long, heavy guns with matchlock or wheel lock and loose powder fired with the gun barrel resting on a stand, and also lighter weapons with Snaphan … [Click Below for Full Description]
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