The Cottesloe Military Library is probably the most extensive private collection of early printed books focused on military matters. Carefully assembled by the third Lord Cottesloe, Thomas Fremantle, the library includes works on all aspects of military theory and practice from the earliest printed books to the age of Napoleon.
Highlights of the library include early editions of the late classical author Vegetius and the Renaissance writers Roberto Valturio and Niccolò Machiavelli, together with a fine presentation binding for Charles II and William Caxton’s printing of Christine de Pisan, numerous sixteenth-century English works and some fine manuscripts. This comprehensive collection contains works on weaponry, training, architecture, engineering (including a first edition of Galileo’s final treatise on the strength of materials), pyrotechnics, ballistics, archery, chivalry, and the English Civil War.
Specialist for Continental Books & Manuscripts London
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Dr David Goldthorpe
Senior Director Head of Department Books & Manuscripts
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