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Military fortifications
SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ILLUSTRATED FRENCH MANUSCRIPT OF MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS FOR MILITARY FORTIFICATIONS, DATED 1681
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Military fortifications
SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ILLUSTRATED FRENCH MANUSCRIPT OF MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS FOR MILITARY FORTIFICATIONS, DATED 1681
Estimate
1,0001,500
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Military fortifications
SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ILLUSTRATED FRENCH MANUSCRIPT OF MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS FOR MILITARY FORTIFICATIONS, DATED 1681
written in brown ink, title within an elaborate cartouche illustrated with fruits and a face ("De l’usage du compas de proportion, 1681"), chapter-heads within smaller headpieces, trigonometrical diagrams, 11 designs for fortifications, comprising the chapters "Des partiees esgalles", "Des partiees du cercle", "De la Trigonometrie", "De lusage du Compas a la campagne", and "Maximes. De l'espace pour Combatre"

12mo (143 x 105mm), 42 pages, paginated 1-41, grapes watermark, neat remboitage in seventeenth-century black morocco gilt, contemporary inscription on final blank ("Lunedì 6 Mars 1681, 3 [après?] midi"), one wormhole throughout the text


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Provenance

Gabriel Peignot (1767-1849); Jacques Techener, Catalogue d'une nombreuse collection de livres anciens rares et curieux provenant de la bibliothèque de feu Gabriel Peignot, Paris, 8-30 March 1852, lot 935 (“De l'usage du compas de proportion, pet. in-8, mar. noir, fil. Ms. du xviie siècle sur pap. et orné de dessins à la plume”; bought from Cedric & Ithier de Fougerolle, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 1997

Literature

Tomash & Williams S78

Catalogue Note

Despite using the same title, this treatise contains calculations and designs for fortifications not found in Denis Henrion's purely geometrical De l’usage du compas de proportion (1618, and many later editions), with which it seems to have little or no connection.

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