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Het nieuw tooneel der vuer-werken waer in getoont werd het maken van alderhande soorten van vuer-werken: als kasteelen, slagh-swaerden, draeken, starren, vuer-ballen, raderen, water-ballen, vuer-pylen, voet-soeckers, en veel meer andere vuer-werken, die de lief-hebberd in het vervolg sien konnen.Brussels, Emanuel de Grieck, 1714. 8vo. With 8 full-page woodcut illustrations in text and with 2 additional contemporary watercolour drawings. Modern red and black mottled sheepskin.
- WorldCat (2 copies of this ed. and 2 copies each of the 1st and 2nd eds.); cf. Bierens de Haan 5538 (2nd ed.); STCN (1 & 2 copies of the 1st and 2nd eds. respectively); no edition in Philip, Firework books; STCV. Third edition, newly illustrated, of a very rare fireworks manual, including two additional contemporary watercolour drawings, both depicting a man lighting a skyrocket, with the resulting fireworks in the background. The text starts with a preface, followed by brief descriptions of some of the essential ingredients for fireworks: saltpetre (potassium nitrate), sulphur and charcoal, explaining how to get the best composition for gunpowder. The following 55 chapters deal with the manufacture of different types of fireworks: skyrockets, crackers, fireballs, fountains and so-called "dragons". The author explains how to make specific cartridges out of paper, how to determine the appropriate amount of gunpowder, how and where to light the fireworks, how to install them on buildings, etc. The book closes with a table of contents.The present third edition is only known from two other copies. The first two editions are equally rare. The book was first published in1678 and a second edition appeared in 1696, enlarged with two entries copied from the 1672 Dutch translation of John Babington's Pyrotechnia (1635). In 1715 the main text of the present edition would be included as part of the 10th edition of Witgeest's Het verbeetert en vermeerdert natuurlyk toverboek.While the first two edition where published anonymously, the preface of the present is falsely signed by the Polish-Lithuanian general and military engineer Casimir Siemienowicz (ca. 1600-1651), best known for his Artis magnae artilleriae (1650).Slightly browned, some foxing and stains, and minor wormholes in the margins of the first few leaves and in the lower outer corner, none affecting the text. Binding only very slightly rubbed and sides slightly scratched. Overall in good condition.
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