Title: Les Fortifications du Chevalier
Publisher: chez Irenee Barlet, Lyon
Publication Date: 1629
Book Condition: Very Good
Modern morocco, gilt-stamped lettering in red leather spine label (6 raised bands); folio (236 x 3674 mm); pp. , 441, , with engraved extra title, frontispiece, and 53 plates, many double-page, of forts and strongholds. First and last few leaves a little wrinkled or very lightly chipped along the edges; one index leaf hastily repaired with tape along top edge; some unobstrusive foxing and marginalia. Plate 28 bound at the front. An excellent copy, in a handsome binding. Military engineer Antoine Deville or De Ville (1596-1656) owed his fame to this volume, which he began in 1628, while participating in the siege of La Rochelle. While it introduced or polished different elements of the art of war – for example, fortification with basions – Deville’s masterpiece did not strive to innovate. Rather, Les Fortifications serves as a compendium of different systems of fortifications, offering numerous examples. He states in his introduction that "although the meats were delicious, not all found them to their liking," so he explores a diversity of solutions to diverse situations. A tremendous accomplishment, engraved by Deville himself, Les Fortifications was re-issued five times during the 17th century, in 1636 and 1666 in Paris, in 1640 in Lyons and finally in 1672 and 1675 in Amsterdam. The subsequent editions of the book contained no changes save the name of the publisher and the date of the publication in the frontispiece. Bookseller Inventory # 4364
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