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S¯e-Evolutioner eller En Orlogs-FlodesÖ
Copenhagen,: Ernst Henrich Berling, 1743.. Folio, with woodcut headpieces, tailpieces, and initials, engraved allegorical frontispiece and 68 full-page plates, mostly showing various formations, manoeuvring, and engagements of naval fleets; title-page with oval library stamp of "S¯e Officerernes Bibliothek Stempel"; a fine, fresh copy in an attractive contemporary calf binding, joints skilfully repaired, decorative gilt borders to sides with the cipher of King Christian VII of Denmark at the centre. A wonderful royal copy of this splendid naval work, bound for Christian VII (1749-1808) who ruled as King of Denmark and Norway from 1766.This is the first edition of this important Danish work on naval manoeuvres, based on the French classic L'Art des ArmÈes Navales by PËre Paul l'Hoste, first published in Lyons in 1697. 'Hoste's book was an immediate success and soon became very well known. It was republished in 1727. Over the course of the eighteenth century several books based on L'Art des ArmÈes Navales were to appear. In 1743 C.F.L. Fontenay, an officer in the Danish Navy, published S¯e-Evolutioner eller En Orlogs-Flodes... Although this book relied heavily on L'Art des ArmÈes Navales it is not simply a translation of that work. De Fontenay revised much of the text, omitted many of the mathematical elements of Hoste's original, added much derived from his own experience as a naval officer and had the plates re-engraved...' (Hugh Cahill: see note below).Paul l'Hoste (1652-1700) was a Jesuit who served the French navy as a chaplain. He developed a system of tactics based on the single line ahead and the independent action of squadrons, using new ideas such as "doubling" and "breaking the line". His book was 'a standard work on naval tactics, which includes valuable accounts (with many engraved illustrations) of the battles of the Second Dutch War...' (National Maritime Museum Library Catalogue). Instructions are given for the fleet to sail out in an orderly formation, deploy for battle in line or column, retreat, cope with foul weather, and so on. The fine and detailed engravings illustrate how the ships of a fleet should shift from one formation to another.An excellent article on Hoste's book by Hugh Cahill appears in the King's College London "Book of the Month Archive" at www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/iss/library/speccoll/bomarch/bomarch.html.NMM Library Catalogue, 736 (citing the first edition).
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