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Contemporary Manuscript of the fortification-works of Dunkirk, St. Omer, and French Flanders during the period 1677 - 1685.
manuscript: 17th century. 8vo (20,0 x 15,8 cm). 221, (26 blanks), (5), (3 blanks), (1) pp. Contemporary full polished calf, gilt-decorated spine with gilt-lettered red morocco label, marbled endpapers. An important and highly interesting manuscript illustrating the military history of French Flanders in the 2nd half of the 17th century, especially the history and development of the French fortification-system and -works in that region during the years 1677 - 1685, after the French advancement in the Spanish Low Countries. To consolidate the French conquests, a chain of fortifications was built in northern France and southern Flanders. Three persons were responsible for creating this "iron frontier": Vauban, Louvois and Louis XIV. Sebastien Le Pestre, Seigneur de Saint-L├ęger Vauban [1633 - 1707] was the ingenious designer of all plans. Apart from an account of the siege of Luxembourg and 3 traits on fortifications and military buildings, the manuscript contains 17 copies of notarial writings, meticulously and neatly described, very legible, concerning the contraction of fortification-works, mainly at Dunkirk, St. Omer. These documents describe in a very specific and detailed manner the conditions of the building contracts, the materials to be used, the size and structure of the projects &c, the period of time to complete the works and the financial conditions. Covers with some scratches, joints bit chafed, corners bumped, marbled paper on frontal inner hinge strengthened, otherwise very well-kept. We join a 76-page booklet providing the index and the abbreviated contents of the manuscript, preceded by an illustrated introduction of the historical regional political situation related to the manuscript: Dunkirk, Flanders, Vauban and Louis XIV. An important, very legible, manuscript providing a fascinating insight into the design and execution of the military policy of Louis XIV during a decisive period of his reign. For a full description and more images please visit our website: .
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