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COMPENDIO DELLA FORTIFICATIONE. Al Ser mo Principe Silvestro Valier et All’Augusto Senato Veneto scritto per comando dell’Illmo & Ecc. mo Sig.r Sebastiano Mocenigo Cap. delle Galeazze
Venice: Girolamo Albrizzi, 1694. First Edition. Very fine pictorially engraved title-page to the first part (Defensive), Very finely engraved pictorial title-page to the second part (Offensive) and many very finely engraved full page plates by Albrizzi. Folio (mm. 384 x 265), bound in handsome half-vellum over marbled boards, the spine with title to lettering label, with plates on finely made paper. (8), 33; (1 blank), 1 table, 2 tables engraved in copper. A very fine, very fresh, crisp and clean copy, the plates and text in excellent condition. RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT ILLUSTRATED TREATISE ON FORTIFICATIONS. Alberghetti followed in the footsteps of his father. As a young engineer and eventually superintendent, he served the Republic in Dalmatia, the Morea and in other places on the European mainland. He served in the Senate several times. He became general of artillery and ballistics and a master of science. He probably was instrumental in 1691 in introducing the use of mortars and bombs. In a handwritten letter from Venice, March 1, 1692, he sent the Doge important information on the Peloponnese, and presented posthumously the writings of his brother Horace concerning the fortification of the Isthmus, with annotations and commentary (both works are now among the MSS. Cicogna 3248, formerly 2216, nos. VI VII, at the Correr Museum in Venice). His own work on the subject is considered an invaluable compendium of the fortification. It was published in Venice in 1694, with a beautiful frontispiece and engraved plates, by Jerome Albrizzi. Quite interestingly, the work was divided into two parts, one for defensive military architecture, the other for the offensive, it is a targeted examination of the fortifications of other countries and is primarily intended to ensure the preservation of the latest achievements of the Venetian state overseas . As the superintendent of artillery he made significant presentations in writing, and his work published in Venice in 1718 provided an interesting treatise on military education and science of the weapon. Even after his appointment as superintendent (1699), Alberghetti did not cease the activity of directing the smelter and Arsenal. He was responsible for the two half cannon (1700) that are preserved in the National Museum of Artillery, with his name and other unusual iron cannons from the year 1718. He was still in the home foundry at least until 1722. He was appointed general of the artillery March 15, 1742, and held the office for twelve years, including the dangerous period of 1754 and the fortifications at Corfu. He returned to Venice where he died in 1755.
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