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How to win a war with arithmetic

[BUSSCHE, Alexandre van den].
L'arithmetique militaire ... departie en deux livres. ... A la fin du second livre se trouveront plusieurs advertissemens, conseils, & sentences militaires des antiques, & modernes.
Paris, Gilles Gourbin, [1571/72]. 4to. With Gourbin's woodcut device on title-page, woodcut diagrams in the text. French maroon morocco (ca. 1900), gold-tooled spine title, gold fillets on board edges and turn-ins, signed "MISSOL".
€ 4,500
Rare first (and only?) edition of a text book on the application of arithmetic to military science and its importance. It also contains valuable information on the organization of military troops in the 16th century. After numerous examples, many illustrated, it provides 34 problems, followed by a list of classical and contemporary military proverbs and sayings. Alexander van den Bussche, or Alexandre Le Sylvain, was born at Oudenaarde in Flanders and served as an officer under the French Kings Charles IX and Henri III. Although Van den Bussche's name does not appear on the title-page, he signed the dedication to the French councillor and Lieutenant General, Claude de Chastre, dated from Bourges, 12 October 1571.
With a few minor and mostly marginal stains and an occasional tiny marginal wormhole, but still in very good condition and nearly untrimmed, leaving very generous margins. The front hinge is cracked, but the binding is otherwise very good. A rare work on the military applications of arithmetic.
Bibl. Belg. I, p. 408 (B158: 2 copies); USTC 23491 (9 copies).
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