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[Torpedo Warfare] The art of war in seven books . . . to which is added, Hints relative to torpedo warfare by a gentleman of the state of New York
Albany: printed by Henry C. Southwick, 1815. Full Leather. Very Good +. Tall 8vo: 349,[1]pp, with 7 folding plans (one two-sided) in the main work of armies arrayed in varying battle formations and 10 woodcuts in the text of the final work illustrating aspects of torpedo warfare. Included in the pagination, with separate title page, is "Some anecdotes, relating to the life and writings of Nicolas Machiavel, collected from various authors" (pp. 287-322). Contemporary full sheep, spine in six compartments divided by double gilt rules, red morocco lettering piece gilt. A Very Good or better copy, binding secure and tight (boards pocked with one or two miniscule losses), pages toned but clean and supple, plans correctly folded and completely intact. Provenance: M. S. Hayes, in elegant contemporary script to first blank. Small ink stamp of Reuben Hayes to first and second blanks and edge of title page. Shaw & Shoemaker 35164. Translation of L'arte della guerra (first published 1521) and the first American edition of any work by Machiavelli. Essentially a series of seven Socratic dialogues between Cosimo Rucellai and Lord Fabrizio Colonna (probably Machiavelli himself), in which Fabrizio, who dominates the discussions, advocates adapting the form of the Roman Legion to the defense of Renaissance Florence and details how such an army should be raised, trained, organized, and deployed. The anonymous essay on torpedo warfare that fills the final 27 pages is introduced as follows: “The Author of the following Hints, has thought proper to take this method of giving private circulation to a description of some instruments of destruction . . .” Robert Fulton is referred to by name several times in the text and may, in fact, have been the author. British naval interference with American commerce had led Fulton to publish a work on torpedo warfare in 1810 (Sabin 26199), apparently before any other writer on the subject.
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