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Maniement d'Armes
1608. DE GHEYN II, Jacob. Maniement d'Armes. Three parts in one volume. Engraved title-page, 3 ff., 42 plates; 2 ff., 43 plates; 3 ff., 32 plates. Altogether 118 plates engraved by Jacob de Gheyn II. Small folio, 343 x 256 mm, bound in early nineteenth-century English polished beige calf, gilt; rebacked in the style of the period. Amsterdam: Henry Laurens, 1607 (changed in MS to "1608" as commonly). First Edition in French, printed in the same year as the first Dutch edition. Jacob de Gheyn II (1565-1629), Dutch painter and graphic designer, who is known to have influenced Rembrandt, used images in the present volume for his 1642 painting of "The Company of Frans Banning Cock Preparing to March Out" (a.k.a. The Nightwatch). De Gheyn, through his scores of prints and drawings, is credited with leading Dutch art from its decorative Mannerist style toward naturalism. At the close of the sixteenth century and the beginning of the seventeenth, a growing interest developed in military tactics and ways of using different types of weapons. This superbly illustrated manual for the exercise of military arms, dedicated to Prince Maurice of Nassau, specifically demonstrates the musket and pike drill. The original drawings were commissioned about ten years earlier by Jan van Nassau-Siegen. The manual was intended as a training guide to instruct officers on how to handle arms effectively and correctly. It showed each position for the deployment of a variety of weapons. De Gheyn's work offers a unique glimpse into warfare as waged in the Thirty Years War and even the English Civil War. The engravings are full of life and movement and include fine costume detail. The work is divided into three parts: the first set (42 plates) concerns Firelocks; the second set (43 plates) is of Muskets; and the third (32 plates) Pikemen. De Gheyn demonstrates how to load and fire, or merely carry, a matchlock piece. In addition, there are numerous detailed illustrations that show the various movements and postures to be adopted during use of the pike. Volume rebacked in the style of the period. PROVENANCE: Seventeenth-century ownership inscription on title-page "Adries Boccaert" (no doubt a member of the noble Flemish Boccaert family); Boies Penrose, with his ex-libris. Lipperheide 2058 (lacking plates 14-27 in the first set!). Hollstein, Flemish, p. 138 (wrongly recording "116 plates and title"). Brunet 10309. Cicognara 1659.
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