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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.
€ 850
First and only edition of a study of military architecture by the Austrian professor of mathematics Christian Rieger (1714-1780), published as a follow up to his Universae architecturae civilis elementa (1756), "one of the few original ... works of the period to attempt a complete study of civil architecture in the compass of a small and inexpensive volume" (BAL). It is divided into three parts covering: the layout of camps, the placement of artillery and fortification, is dedicated to Maria Theresa of Austria and was in use at the Collegium Theresianum, an academy founded by the Jesuits for Maria Theresa.
With owner's initial and library stamp. Including the errata leaf. Some minor wormholes in the foot margin of the first few leaves, a few minor smudges and some occasional spots, otherwise in very good condition. Spine heavily worn at the ends, but the binding is otherwise good.
BAL 4088 note; Berlin Kat. 3546; Jähns, p. 2762; Jordan 3130; VD18 14907267.
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