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Famous military manual. First edition published in Germany, with 117 charming new woodcuts

GHEYN, Jacob II de. Waffenhandlung von den Röhren, Mußqueten und Spiessen. Gestalt nach der Ordnung deß ... Herrn Moritzen, Printzen zu Uranien, ... Maniement d'armes d'arquebuses, mousquetz, & piques.
Frankfurt, Wilhelm Hoffmann, 1609. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With letterpress title within engraved border (including the imprint), and 3 series of 42, 43 and 32 full-page numbered woodcuts, showing exercises with the arquebus, musket and pike. Contemporary vellum, rebacked. Full description
€ 12,500
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Very rare 17th-century treatise on artillery

KÄSTNER (KÄSTNERN), Sigmund. Vestibulum pyroboliae, das ist kurtzgefaste Anleitung zur Artillerie-Kunst, darinnen den anfahende Liebhabern, mit einer leicht begreifflicher Methode, was wegen der Proportion und dem Gebrauch der Geschützen zu wissen, vorgetragen ist.
Frankfurt am Main, Egidius Vogel for Daniel Paulli, 1679. Small folio. With 2 engraved folding plates, 3 woodcut plates (1 folding) and 16 woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary blind-tooled mottled calf. Full description
€ 3,500
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Pictorial guide to war, with more than 400 full-page illustrations:
with one of the six "books" devoted to the Ottoman Empire

MANESSON MALLET, Allain. De werken van Mars of De konst des oorlogs. Verdeeld in drie deelen. ...
Amsterdam, Joannes & Gillis Janssonius van Waesberg & comp., 1686. 6 “books” in 3 volumes, bound as 1. 8vo. With 3 engraved title-pages, more than 400 full-page engraved illustrations. Lacking 1 leaf (including 1 engraved illustration). 18th-century(?) mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,500
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Collected works of a famous architect, with 271 double-page engraved plates

MAROLOIS, Samuel. Mathematicum opus absolutissimum: …
(1) MAROLOIS, Samuel. Geometria theoretica ac practica: …
Amsterdam, Janssonius, 1633. With 47 double-page engraved plates, numbered 1-42 and 1-5.
(2) MAROLOIS, Samuel.. Artis muniendi, sive fortificationis, pars prima: …
Amsterdam, Janssonius, 1644.
(3) MAROLOIS, Samuel.. Fortificationis, sive artis muniendi, pars secunda.
Amsterdam, Janssonius,1644. With 40 double-page engraved plates.
(4) VREDEMAN DE VRIES, Joannis. Architectura: …
Amsterdam, Janssonius,1633. With 30 double-page engraved plates by Henricus Hondius after the designs by Vredeman de Vries, one dated 1601.
(5) MAROLOIS, Samuel. Opticae, sive perspectivae, pars prima: …
Amsterdam, Janssonius 1633. With 80 double-page engraved plates, some by Henricus Hondius, incl. 6 views of buildings in Rome (nos. 54-59) in roundels, after the drawings by Petrus Stephanus.
(6) VREDEMAN DE VRIES, Joannis. Perspectiva theoretica ac practica.
Amsterdam, Janssonius, 1633.
(7) VREDEMAN DE VRIES, Joannis. Perspectivae pars II: …
Amsterdam, Janssonius, 1632. With 49, 24 (+ 1) numbered double-page engraved plates depicting geometrical and mathematical figures on perspective.
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius, 1638 [altered in manuscript to 1658]. 7 parts in 2 volumes. Folio. The general title printed letterpress on a slip of paper pasted over the 1638 engraved title-page of the French edition, 7 letterpress part-titles, with all together 271 double-page engraved plates, partly by Henricus Hondius. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, new endpapers. Full description
€ 15,000
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Practical geometry, fortification and artillery ca. 1750

[MANUSCRIPT - MILITARY]. Geometria of meetkonst ... Vestingbou of fortificatie ... [Artillerie].
[Netherlands, ca. 1750]. 3 related works in 1 volume. Folio. With numerous mathematical diagrams, fortification plans and measured drawings of artillery and ammunition, including 12 full-page watercolour drawings (3 fortification plans and 9 beautifully rendered canons) and many more watercolour drawings in the text. With a large folding fortification plan tipped in, a large folding artillery drawing loosely inserted, and several smaller drawings tipped in or loosely inserted. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 6,500
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5th copy located of a practical military manual from 1534,
with special emphasis on artillery

[OTT, Michael, and Jacob PREUSSEN]. Kriegs Ordnung new gemacht.
(Colophon:) Leipzig, Michael Blum, 1534. Small 8vo (15.5 x 10.5 cm). With a full-page woodcut (10 x 8.5 cm) on the title-page (repeated at the beginning of the main text), Blum's woodcut device below the colophon. Contemporary blind-tooled black calf over tapered wooden boards, each board in a panel design, 2 strap fastenings with engraved decoration in the brass clasps and catchplates. The binder used 2 fragments from a manuscript Vulgate Bible in a humanistic hand. Full description
€ 6,500
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Rare and luxurious work on securing fortifications against the rising firepower

REDELYKHEID, Cornelis. De nieuwe versterkte facen en flancquen, of verhandeling om de facen, door middel van het metzelwerk, en derzelver zamenstel, tegen de vyandlyke artillery en mines bestendiger en geduurzaamer te doen zyn dan de tegenwoordige.
Amsterdam, printed for the author [by Izaak and Johannes Enschedé in Haarlem?], sold by Jan Punt junior, [1759]. Large 4to (26.5 x 20 cm). With 3 numbered folding engraved plates with 14 numbered figures drawn by the author and executed by Jan Punt and 2 engravings in text, all made for the present edition. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled boards and board edges. Full description
€ 5,950
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Finely illustrated manuscript handbook for architects, engineers, etc.

SIMMONDS, J. Hints, tables &ca [for mining, military engineering, architecture, etc.].
[England], 1840. (16.5 x 12 cm). Manuscript in ink on paper, in English, with numerous architectural and other illustrations in pencil and ink, many with grey and/or pink washes, on 30 pages, numerous manuscript tables. Written and illustrated partly on rectos only and partly on both rectos and versos. Contemporary English dark green gold-tooled calf, gold-tooled board edges, gold fillets on turn-ins, green ribbon marker, gilt edges. Rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 2,500
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First German edition of the inaugural work of the first Dutch school of fortification

STEVIN, Simon. Festung-Bawung, das ist, Kurtze und eygentliche Beschreibung, wie man Festungen bawen, unnd sich wider allen gewaltsamen Anlauff der Feinde zu Kriegszeiten auffhalten, sichern und verwahren möge: ...
Frankfurt am Main, Wolfgang Richter for the widow of Levinius Hulsius, 1608. 4to. With a woodcut fortification plan on the title-page and about 30 woodcut illustrations in the text. Lacking the 2 woodcut plates and 3 smaller woodcut slips. 20th-century grey-brown half calf. Full description
€ 4,500
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Dialogue between an engineer and a young man on military architecture

STURM, Leonhard Christoph. Architectura militaris hypothetico-eclectica, oder gründliche Anleitung zu der Kriegs-Baukunst, aus den Hypothesibus und Erfindungen der meisten und besten Ingenieurs dargestellet, und mit 79. Kupfer-Tafeln versehen.
Nuremberg, Peter Conrad Monath, 1736. 4to. With and engraved portrait of the author as frontispiece, engraved publisher's device on title-page, and 79 figures (numbered I - LXXIX) on 42 folding folding plates. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,500
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