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Handbuch der vorzüglichsten systeme und Manieren der Befestigungs-Kunst... durch 18 Pläne erläutert.Berlin, Fr. Laue (colophon: A.W. Hayn), 1828. 8vo. With 18 folding lithographed plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine.
Jordan 4198. First edition of a history of fortification by the Prussian general Alexander Friedrich Adolf Heinrich von Zastrow (1801-1875), who served in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871). It deals with fortification methods by different military writers and engineers, starting with Albrecht Dürer's treatise on fortification, first published at 1527. The next chapter deals with Italian fortification, in which he praises the military engineers of the Renaissance for adjusting the shape of fortresses to suit the terrain. Other chapters deal with the Dutch (Van Coehoorn), the French (Vauban, Cormontaigne) and the German (Spekel, Rimpler) methods of fortification, illustrated with ground plans and profiles on the folding plates.Foxed and a water stain in the upper outer corner throughout, also affecting the plates. A fair copy. Binding rubbed along the extremities, but otherwise good.
      [Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
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