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POLIORCETICON sive DE MACHINIS TORMENTIS TELIS. Libri quinque. Ad historiarum lucem.
Antwerp, ex officina Plantiniana, apud Viduam, & Joannem Moretum. 1596. FIRST EDITION, 1596, with the final "o" in Poliorceticon appearing as an omega. 4to, 255 x 180 mm, 10 x 7 inches, 12 full page and 28 half page fine engravings, printer's pictorial device on title and last page, pages: (xvi), 267, (8), Latin text, bound in full antique vellum, hand lettered to spine, lettering mostly worn away. Binding discoloured and darkened along the edges, some tiny cracks along upper and lower edges of covers, tiny hole at fore-edge of upper cover, ties missing, name on front endpaper and on title page, very pale damp staining to 1 page, otherwise contents clean and bright. A very good copy of the scarce first edition. Justus Lipsius (1547-1606) was a Flemish scholar, a philologist and humanist. His book describes the techniques and weapons of war of the Romans, in particular the engines of war such as the battering ram, the catapult, methods of attack using arrows, fire and even elephants. The remarkable engravings have been attributed to the Flemish painter Pieter van der Borcht. Cockle, A Bibliography of Military Books up to 1642, No. 672; Adams, Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge Libraries, No. 797. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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