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Illustrated work on fortification and artillery

GRUBER, Johann Sebastian.
Neuer und gründlicher Unterricht, … Nebenst einem Bericht von Zubereitung einiger Ernst-Feuerwerckes-Kugeln.
Nuremberg, Johann Hoffmanns, Engelbert Strecken and Abraham von Werth, 1700. 8vo. With double-page engraved frontispiece, 1 letterpress folding table and 16 engraved plates. Blue paper covered boards.
€ 1,950
Second edition of an illustrated work on fortification, artillery and fireworks, written by Johann Sebastian Gruber. The work is divided into two parts. The first part mainly deals with military architecture and fortification, with engraved plates showing several ground plans of fortress cities. Each chapter covers a different aspect: the walls, the roads, or how to take a fortress. The second part covers artillery and fireworks, also with several engraved plates. The double-page frontispiece shows a fortress under siege, with an explosion, fire, and canons.
With a library stamp on title-page. Some foxing throughout (including frontispiece and plates) and some paper loss in margin of the frontispiece, not affecting the illustration. Binding rubbed along the extremities with weak hinges. A good copy.
Jähns 1395 & 1230 (first ed.); Jordan 1519 (lists 6 copies); Marini 187; Guarnieri 57.
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