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INTRODUCTION A LA FORTIFICATION.
- 188 engraved leaves printed on rectos only, comprising the 167 plates (2 folding) listed in the table of contents, plus 5 plates not listed or numbered, 9 plates numbered in French, the pictorial title page (featuring naval and land battle scenes), and 6 leaves of explanatory text for the first few plates, plus a folding table of distances, and a table of contents (listing plates numbered 21-189, as issued); oblong 4to; early calf, the spine with gilt lettered red leather title label and gilt decorated compartments between raised bands, the boards rubbed, with a few small surface grazes, edges worn, the leather lifting along fore-edge of upper board (especially at bottom fore-corner), small piece torn from head of spine, the upper joint starting at extremities; inked ownership inscription near the later bookplate of Alec Hill on the upper pastedown, earlier small inked ownership inscription on upper free endpaper, pencilled annotation at head of last leaf, most of the plates neatly numbered in an early hand, one plate (Paris) loose, some damp stains (occasionally large, but mostly to margins, with a few encroaching onto plate surface), several small edge chips and splits, occasional light creasing, scattered light foxing and soiling; chez l'auteur, Paris, [1695]. First edition. *Nicolas de Fer (1646-1720) inherited his father's cartography business, which he quickly developed into a flourishing enterprise, producing town plans, atlases, and over 600 sheet maps, and becoming one of the most prolific cartographic publishers of his era. In 1690 he was appointed official geographer to the Dauphin (the heir to the French throne), and when Louis XIV's grandson, the Duke of Anjou, acceded to the Spanish throne, de Fer was proclaimed Geographer of the King of Spain as well. De Fer made maps of places throughout Europe and in North America, including one in 1698 depicting beavers building dams near Niagara Falls.\i Introduction a la Fortification was issued in parts between 1690 and 1695, then re-issued in 1705 (with the maps re-dated accordingly). Maps in this copy are dated from 1692 to 1695, with several undated. They depict fortified towns in France, the Low Countries, Germany, Italy, Spain and around the Mediterranean. The extra plates in this copy are Chartres, Nouveau Canal, Echelle, Quebec and Batavia. The intricate folding \i Table Geografique enables the reader to calculate journey distances from Paris to all the principle towns in Europe. This copy is from the collection of Australian military historian and academic Alec Jeffrey Hill. Born in 1916 and educated at Sydney Grammar, the University of Sydney and Balliol College, Oxford, Hill served with the Second Australian Imperial Force in 1939, commanding a company of the 2/13th Infantry Battalion during the Siege of Tobruk. He later fought in the New Guinea and Borneo campaigns, and for his war service was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1947. After the war he lectured in history at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, where he mentored a new generation of soldiers and military historians. Hill was a regular contributor to the \i Australian Dictionary of Biography , but his best known work is the biography of General Sir Harry Chauvel, which was published in 1978 and is regarded as the first modern scholarly biography of a senior Australian military figure. He died in 2008. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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