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Mathematical problems of fortification

BECKER (VON HERVORD), Peter. Nieuwe manier van vestingbou, hoe men alle regulare en irregulare vestingen met hare buytenwerken na haer behoorlijke proportie, sonder eenige rekeninge, door den gemeenen cirkel op een nieuwe en gansch lichte manier tekenen, afsteken en opbouwen sal. Van nieuws van den autheur selve, met het offensive en defensive vermeerdert, en door de tabulae sinuum uytgerekent, en met nodige demonstratien en figuren allen liefhebbers deser kunst verrijkt.
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge I, 1673. 8vo. With an engraved allegorical title-page, a letterpress title-page, 7 engraved plates (5 folding), 3 engraved illustrations in the text and 3 folding tables. Contemporary vellum. [16], 146 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Oblong handbook of fortification design

BEHR, Johann Heinrich. Der aufs Neu-verschantzte Turenne oder gründlich alt- und neue Kriegs-Bau-Kunst.
Frankfurt and Leipzig, widow of Reinhard Wächtler, printed by Christoph Balthasar Lampe, 1690. Oblong 8vo (11 x 17 cm). With engraved frontispiece and 32 engraved plates. Contemporary calf. [3], [1 blank], [20], 616 pp. Full description
€ 950
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First issue of the first edition of an important work on military and civic architecture, with 53 engraved plates

BÉLIDOR, Bernard Forest de. La science des ingenieurs dans la conduite des travaux de fortification et d'architecture civile.
Paris, Claude Jombert, 1729. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece by Rigault, title-page printed in red and black, engraved headpiece by Filloeul at the head of the dedication, and 53 engraved plates (51 folding), mostly after drawings by Comte Thomassin. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. [16], 80; 64; 96; 104; 80; 80, [8] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Large paper copy of the first Dutch edition of Blaeu's great atlas of cities and towns of the Dutch Republic,
with 320 mostly double-page maps, plans and views

BLAEU, Joan. [Toonneel der steden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden, met hare beschrijvingen, ...].
With: [Toonneel der steden van s Konings Nederlanden, met hare beschrijvingen, ...].
[Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1652]. 2 volumes. Atlas folio (57 × 37 cm). With two engraved architectural title-pages, each with a blank central panel where a letterpress slip with the title and the publishers name would have been pasted; 181 (Dutch Republic) & 139 (Spanish Netherlands) maps, plans and views plus 2 smaller engravings in text; 20 woodcut illustration figures in the text. Uniform, early 18th-century(?) half red sheepskin. Full description
€ 68,500
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Two beautiful print series of landscapes, fortifications, etc.: drawing lessons
by Callot, Silvestre and others

CALLOT, Jacques. Livre des paysages de Callot. Propre à la noblesse et aux ingenieurs pour apprendre a dessiner à la plume avec liberté, et en peu de temps.
Paris, Nicolas Langlois, [1691/1703?]. 2 works in 1 volume. Oblong small folio (18.5 x 25 cm). A series of 22 numbered engraved (mostly etched) prints, including the title-page with the title in a cartouche (1) the 2-leaf "Avertissement" (2-3), and 19 views (4-22), with landscapes and scenery, after designs by Jacques Callot.
With: (2) SILVESTRE, Israel. Leçons données aux pages du Roy, par le Sr. Silvestre, pour apprendre a dessigner la fortification, le paysage, &c.
Paris, Nicolas Langlois, [1691/1703?]. A series of 22 engraved (mostly etched) prints (numbered in manuscript) plus the engraved title-page with the title in a cartouche, the prints showing fortifications, city views, horses, a cannon, etc. by or after the designs of Israel Silvestre, engraved by François Noblesse, after the designs of Callot, Louis François Collignon and others.
Contemporary mottled calf, sewn on 5 cords, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 6,000
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A landmark in the history of fortification, with 17 large fortification plans and related figures

COEHOORN, Menno van. Nieuwe vestingbouw, op een natte of lage horisont; welke op driederleye manieren getoont wordt in 't fortificeren der binnengroote van de Fransche royale ses-hoek, waar in de sterkte der hedendaagsche drooge- aan de natte-grachten gevonden wordt: als mede hoe men tegenwoordig langs een zee of rivier fortificeert, en op wat manier men daar behoorde te bouwen. ...
Leeuwarden, Hendrik Rintjes, 1685. Folio (32.5 x 20 cm). With 17 engraved figures (mostly fortification plans) labelled A-R on plates of various sizes, mostly double-page or folding. Contemporary or near contemporary vellum. [16], 181, [3] pp. Full description
€ 5,950
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A great classic of Dutch fortification, with a new plate added for this edition

COEHOORN, Menno van. Nouvelle fortification, tant pour un terrain bas et humide, que sec et élevé, representée en trois maniéres sur le contenu intérieur de l 'exagone a la Françoise, ...
Wesel, Jacob von Wesel [printed by Johann Kattepoel or his heirs, or possibly by a printer in the Netherlands], 1706. 8vo. With 14 (of 15) engraved folding plates. Contemporary vellum. [38], 261, [1] pp. plus plates. Full description
€ 1,800
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First German edition of a Dutch masterpiece on the art and science of fortification and siege warfare

COEHOORN, Menno van. Neuer Vestungs-Bau, ...
Wesel, Jacobus von Wesel (colophon: printed by the heirs of Kattepoel), 1708. With 15 engraved plates (all but 2 folding). With a second copy of the plate with about 165 figures loosely inserted, coloured by an early hand. Contemporary vellum. [32], 203, [1] pp. plus plates. Full description
€ 1,950
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