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First and only German edition, with new and more extensive illustrations

CHASSELOUP-LAUBAT, François, Marquis de.
Versuche über einige Theile der Artillerie und der Befestigungskunst, ... Aus dem Französischen übersetzt und mit einem Nachtrage begleitet, von Ignaz Rueber, ... Mit neun Kupfertafeln.
Vienna, J.G. Heubner, 1826. 8vo. With 9 large folding engraved plates (I-IX) with 117 numbered figures (1-74 & 1-43). Near contemporary (ca. 1835?) half calf, gold-tooled spine.
€ 850
Rare first and only German edition, with a 12-page appendix by the translator, of a well-illustrated work on fortification and artillery, first published in French without illustrations in Chasseloup’s Correspondance de deux généraux sur divers sujets in 1801, revised by the author for its first edition in its restructured and illustrated form in 1805, and here translated from the 1811 second and last French edition of the new form. The 1805 and 1811 French editions have only six folding plates. The nine folding plates in the present edition (5 whole sheets and 4 long half-sheets) show fortification plans, elevations and sections, a cannon with its carriage and mechanisms, a mortar, a pile driver, hydraulic systems and other equipment.
With occasional minor foxing or a marginal water stain, but still in very good condition. The binding is slightly rubbed with slightly worn hinges, but otherwise very good. A well-illustrated treatise on artillery and fortification, by a mastermind of French Revolutionary and Imperial fortification and siege warfare.
WorldCat (5 copies); cf. Quérard V, col. 404 (1805 & 1811 French eds.).
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