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Very rare 17th-century treatise on artillery

KÄSTNER (KÄSTNERN), Sigmund.
Vestibulum pyroboliae, das ist kurtzgefaste Anleitung zur Artillerie-Kunst, darinnen den anfahende Liebhabern, mit einer leicht begreifflicher Methode, was wegen der Proportion und dem Gebrauch der Geschützen zu wissen, vorgetragen ist.
Frankfurt am Main, Egidius Vogel for Daniel Paulli, 1679. Small folio. With 2 engraved folding plates, 3 woodcut plates (1 folding) and 16 woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary blind-tooled mottled calf. [4], 59, [1 blank] pp.
€ 3,500
Very rare second edition of an illustrated introduction to several types of artillery, giving technical descriptions of the use and dimensions of each type. The illustrations show geometric diagrams as well as different types of cannons and mortars and the text is mainly based on the works of Wallhausen and Furtenbach.
Somewhat browned, otherwise in very good condition. Binding worn along the extremities and damaged at the foot of the spine. Jähns, p. 1208; VD17 14:687522G (1 copy); WorldCat (same copy); cf. Sloos, Warfare 07021.
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