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La fortification du Sieur Antoine de Ville, ou l'ingenieur parfait. [Les Fortifications du Chevalier Antoine de Ville].
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang & Paris, Henry et Theod' Boom, 1672.. Octavo. Pp. (12), 381, (19). Plus allegorical second title-page as frontispiece, engraved on copper, dated 1675. With a total of 54 etched illustrations and folding plates, numbered 1-53, skipping no. 28 as issued, with plate 1b included, plus one unnumbered plate. Decorative initials and tail-pieces, device to title-page. Side notes, extended index. Hardcover, bound in contemporary full cat's paw calf, spine with 6 compartments between raised bands, gilt decorated and lettered, red sprinkled edges; worn dried-out leather on spine neatly restored, gilt rubbed-off, extensive contemporary annotations in old hand to paste-downs. In a very good condition. Strong binding, fine and clean interior, all plates in excellent state of preservation. ~ The present Amsterdam 1672 edition, based on the Paris 1666 edition, was the last one to appear. In this famous work de Ville (1596-1656, possibly 1657 or 1658) concentrates on basic designs as starting point for detailed examination of practical questions, showing how established principles have to be adapted to the practical exigencies of any actual site. He discusses in detail matters such as length of line defense, length of flanks, casemates, size of the bastions, etc. Doing this, he quotes continually from existing practice, acknowledging this as a a matter of fact. Noteworthy, de Ville himself produced the fine, clear illustrations for the book. "Antoine de Ville, der 1596 zu Toulouse geboren, gegen die Hugenotten, wie im dreißigjährigen Kriege focht und mit 32 Jahren einen Traité de Fortification (Lyon 1628) herausgab. Diese Arbeit erhob nicht den Anspruch, eine neue Manier zu bieten, wohl aber und mit Recht den, die üblichen Formen und gute Beobachtungen eines Praktikers festzustellen. Denn so jung der Verfasser auch war: er hatte bereits wichtigen Belagerungen beigewohnt und viel gesehen." - Jähns, 1107. See also: Jean-Denis Lepage, "Vauban and the French Military Under Louis XIV: An Illustrated History of Fortifications and Strategies". ~ Jordan 3957; Bury & Breman 110.
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