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The greatest and best-illustrated work on fortification of its time,
with hundreds of plates and 7 beautifully decorated title-pages, rarely found complete

DILICH, Wilhelm. Peribologia oder Bericht ... von Vestungs Gebewen, vieler Örter vermehrett wie auch mit gebürenden Gründt und Auffrissen versehen ...
Frankfurt am Main, Johann Wilhelm Dilich (colophon: printed by Anton Humm), 1640. 2 parts plus plates in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved general title-page and 2 engraved part-titles, each part with 2 additional engraved divisional titles dividing it into two "books", 234 unnumbered engraved plates by the author's son, Johann Wilhelm Dilich (1 large folding, plate size 46.5 x 60.5 cm; and as bound in the present copy 198 double-page and 35 single-page). Vellum (ca. 1695/1700?). Full description
€ 8,500
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Series of 63 large leaves of finely executed architectural and fortification drawings, most partly in colour

[DRAWINGS - MILITARY ARCHITECTURE]. [Binding title:] Zivil und Militärarchitektur.
[Germany?], 1748 [or a few years later]. Oblong Imperial folio (34.5 x 46.5 cm). A series of 63 leaves of pen and ink-wash drawings, each drawn on the recto in a thick-thin border (29 x 41 cm), with captions, headings, etc. in German in a gothic hand, foreign names and words in a Latin hand and titles in a Latin hand or lettered in roman capitals. Half red pigskin (ca. 1900), with title on the front board and spine. Full description
€ 8,500
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Europe fortified: the fortifications of Marolois, Stevin and Vauban, beautifully mapped,
together with an atlas of the coasts of France, also with fortifications

FER, Nicolas de. Les forces de l' Europe, ou description des principales villes; avec leurs fortifications. . . .
Paris, "chez l'auteur" [=Nicolas de Fer, a false imprint], 1695-1696 [printed in Amsterdam, for Pieter Mortier, 1695-ca. 1702]. 10 parts in 1 volume. With 234 beautifully engraved plates (a few folding) with 366 maps and views of fortified cities.
With: (2) FER, Nicolas de. Costes de France, sur l' ocean & sur la Mer Mediterranée &c. avec leurs fortifications. . . .
Paris, "Nicolas de Fer" [a false imprint], 1695. [printed in Amsterdam, for Pieter Mortier]. With engraved title-page and 40 engraved plates (including 2 folding). 2 works in 12 parts or volumes, bound as 1 volume. Oblong 1mo (30×37 cm). Contemporary tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 17,500
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Fortification and military architecture, with 32 folding colour drawings (plans, sections, etc.)

[FORTIFICATION MANUSCRIPT]. Traite des fortifications.
[France, ca. 1730?]. 4 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 32 folding drawings in black and red ink and grey and coloured washes showing plans, sections and elevations of fortifications and of military buildings, bridges, gates, etc. Near contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 7,500
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Magnificent atlas with 80 mostly coloured manuscript maps and fortification plans

[FORTIFICATION ATLAS]. [Collection of 80 manuscript maps and plans of fortifications, fortified towns and fortified estates].
[The Netherlands, ca. 1624-1628]. Large folio (42.5 x 29.5 cm). With 80 manuscript maps and plans, 75 double-page (2 with a flap folded in), 4 larger folding (including 3 assembled from 1 1/2 sheets), and 1 also double-page in size but assembled from 2 smaller sheets. Most include a scale and 71 are coloured, mostly in opaque gouaches. They show plans of fortifications and towns in the Netherlands (51), Germany (16), Italy (3), France (4), Poland (2), Belgium (2), Malta (1) and Brazil (1). Early 18th-century(?) sprinkled tanned sheepskin, rebacked and restored. Full description
€ 165,000
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Pioneering work on fortification design, building techniques and equipment,
with more than 150 woodcut illustrations

LORINI, Buonaiuto. Delle fortificationi ... libri cinque.
Venice, Antonio Rampazetto, 1597 (colophon: 1596). Large folio (34.5 x 25 cm). With a large engraved device on the title-page, woodcut printer's device above the colophon, an engraved plate with a portrait of the author (often lacking), and more than 150 diagrams and woodcut illustrations on the integral leaves, many full-page or double-page. Modern vellum in 17th-century style. Full description
€ 3,000
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First German edition of the earliest systematic manual of Dutch fortification,
with 42 double-page plates (plus 47 more in the accompanying geometry manual)

MAROLOIS, Samuel. Fortification: wie ein Ort nach der wahren und fundamental-Kunst zubefestigen, ...
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius, 1627. With an engraved title-page with the German title on a letterpress slip, 42 numbered double-page engraved plates and a double-page letterpress table.
With: (2) MAROLOIS, Samuel. Geometria, auss der Frantzösischen in die Teutsche Sprach, ... ubersetzt.
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius, 1627. With an engraved title-page with the German title on a letterpress slip, 47 numbered double-page engraved plates. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. 20th-century half tan leather. Full description
€ 4,850
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Collected works of a famous architect, with 271 double-page engraved plates

MAROLOIS, Samuel. Mathematicum opus absolutissimum: …
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(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.
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(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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Original study of military architecture for the Collegium Theresianum,
with 22 plates

RIEGER, Christian. Universae architecturae militaris elementa brevibus recentiorum observationibus illustrata conscripta.
Vienna, Johann Thomas Trattner, 1758. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, 22 (folding) engraved plates, 5 letterpress folding tables, and 9 smaller military illustrations (1 on title-page, 6 as head- or tailpieces and 2 in text). Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 850
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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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