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Description: The first systematic work on military architecture

LORINI, Buonaiuto.
Delle fortificationi, libri cinque. Ne' quali si mostra con le piu facili regole la scienza con la pratica, di fortificare le citta, & altri luoghi sopra diversi siti. Con tutti gli avvertimenti, che per intelligenza di tal materia possono occorrere. Et il particolar soggetto di ciascun libro si dimostra nel roverscio di questa carta.

With engraved vignette on the title-page, full-page engraved portrait of the author, and hundreds of woodcut illustrations and figures in the text, mostly half- to full-page, several even double-page.



Nuovamente dati in luce. Venice, Gio. Antonio Rampazetto, 1597 (colophon: 1596). Folio. Contemporary limp vellum, painted orange, with green ties. With engraved vignette on the title-page, full-page engraved portrait of the author, and hundreds of woodcut illustrations and figures in the text, mostly half- to full-page, several even double-page. [12], 219 [=217], [1] pp.

First edition of "the first systematic course of instruction in all aspects of military architecture, and the first work to give measured plans in its illustrations" (Breman). Buonaiuto Lorini (ca. 1538-ca. 1611), a Florentine nobleman, had a great reputation in the 16th-century for his intelligent fortifications and the way he fiercely defended cities. He was employed by the kings of France and Spain, as well the Doges of Venice. The present work contains "a wealth of practical detail" and a "long and detailed section on the machine tools of construction ..." (Breman).
This first edition consists of two issues, differing in the preliminaries only. According to Cockle, only a very few copies were printed, "and these for presentation to certain Christian princes only, each having a special Dedicatory Epistle". Our copy has a dedicatory letter to Fernando de Medici, dated May 1597.

With the bookplate of Comes de Solms. Good copy with ample margins of this pivotal work on military architecture.
Breman, 163; Breman, One hundred books on military architecture, 48; Bury & Breman p. 62; Cockle 791 ("of the greatest rarity"); Jähns p. 845; Jordan 2220; Riccardi I, L-cols. 52-53; cf. BMC STC Italian, p. 393 (ed. 159
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