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Book on Military Science, including the construction of fortifications, attack and defence of fortresses and harbours; together with a description of the most prominent attacks; with an engineering dictionary]. [Second title:] ????? ??????? ???????, ?? ???? ?????? ? ???????? ? ?????????? ????????? ? ?????????? ????: ? ????????? ?????? ?? ??????????? ???????, ? ? ?????? ?????????? ?????? ?????? ?????? ? ???????????????? ????? ? ???????????, ? ??????? ? ??????? ?????? ????????? ? ??????? ??????
Sukhoputniy Kadetskiy korpus Skt. Peterburg 1777 - Octavo (19.7 x 12.6 cm). Title, III - XXXIV, 350 pp., with frontispiece and 9 plates; first title never bound in. Contemporary calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands, red morocco label to second compartment. Exceptionally fresh copy of this rare work on military science. The Kurganov's book is an early example of a work on military strategies and concepts, and fortifications compiled by a Russian scientist. It took the Russian Empire a long time to develop its own school of military science. Works on the topic were either available in original languages, mostly English, Dutch or Latin, or were Russian translations of a single source. The ascension to the throne of Catherine II in 1762 and her support of scientific development brought the Russian scientific research to a distinctively new level. In his work Kurganov brought together various foreign sources in order to cover each topic in the most complete way. He didn't only translate the material but also adapted it for the Russian readers. Of particular value is a dictionary of engineering terms at the end of the book – the first of its kind to be available in the Russian language. Nikolay Kurganov (1725 - 1796) was teaching Mathematics and Navigation at the Naval Academy. Among his pupils were explorer F.F. Bellingshausen and Fedor Ushakov, who was to become the most illustrious Russian naval commander and admiral of the 18th century. In 1750-1753 Kurganov himself took part in expeditions aiming to improve maps of the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Very rare: no copies at auctions in the past 50 years; Not in the Russian State library; WorldCat locates a copy in Harvard only. Smirdin 4295; Martynov, Russkaya bibliografiya morskogo dela 1070; Obolianinov 1415; Svodniy Katalog 3365; Sopikov 4449; Gennadi Slovar vol 2, p. 203. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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