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Auction 167, Lot 448

Mallet's Military Masterpiece

"Les Travaux de Mars ou la Fortification Nouvelle tant Reguliere...", Mallet, Alain Manesson

Subject: Miscellaneous Books, Europe

Period: 1672 (circa)


Color: Black & White

4.9 x 8 inches
12.4 x 20.3 cm

Allain Manesson Mallet, a cartographer and military engineer, is probably best known for his Description de L'Univers, but his military treatise Les Travaux de Mars ou la Fortification Nouvelle tant Reguliere is equally impressive. The volume is divided into three parts and includes approximately 300 full-page plates showing city/fortification views, designs, weaponry, formations, and more. The first part focuses on the planning and design of fortifications, the second part compares and contrasts different kinds of fortifications, and the third part discusses how to build various weaponry as well as military tactics/training. With a focus on Europe, some of the cities highlighted include Geneva, Lisbon, Paris, Evora, St. Malo and Breda to name a few. 791 total pages in three parts, 297 full-page plates, and 3 frontispieces (one for each part). Hardbound in full contemporary vellum. This is the 1672 Amsterdam edition with French text.


Condition: B+

The plates and text are very good to near fine with an occasional spot of foxing or minor printer's ink residue. There are library stamps on the title pages of the parts and a few other leaves, a manuscript "ex libris" on the first frontispiece in the top blank margin, and library bookplates on the front pastedown. The front hinge has separated from the text block but the back hinge is intact. Covers have moderate wear and staining.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 3/28/2018