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Nouvelle Manière de fortifier les places.
Paris, François Le Cointe for the author & Nicolas Langlois, 1683 - 4to. Engraved allegorical title + [10] + 68 + [6]p + 12 engraved plates (10 double-page) by [Jean Baptiste] Broëbes; 3 engraved vignettes, floral woodcut ornaments, one armorial head-piece, decorative initials. Contemporary mottled calf, compartments of spine richly gilt, one with title morocco label; ends of spine and corners worn. First edition of this exposition of the author's system of fortification, a widely read work which ran into many editions. The plates represent layouts of fortifications and diagrams (8 signed by the artist J. B. Broebes). Blondel advocates an intricate defence system based on massively built, long flanks fortified with casemates on several floors and with polygons heavily defended with canon and small arms to stop intruders before attempting to cross the elaborate, deep ditches. His system was partially applied by the Swedish army in the fortifications of the city of Wismar. A good copy with minor traces of wear only; inside front cover the contemporary manuscript entry: 'Ce Livre apartient a Monsieur le Commandeur de St Martin de Laraye'. Berlin Katalog 3533; Jähns 1391-92; not in Jordan who lists an Amsterdam reprint of the same year (0333) and 7 later editions; Goldsmith (1211) lists a Hague edition of 1684 in the British Library. SEE ILLUSTRATION [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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