Siemienowicz, Artis magnae artilleriae pars prima, Amsterdam, 1650, contemporary vellum
Artis magnae artilleriae pars prima. Amsterdam: Jan Jansson, 1650
folio (314 x 202mm.), half-title, engraved title-page, 22 engraved plates (one folding), contemporary vellum, occasional light browning, folding plate slightly torn
FIRST EDITION of this manual on artillery and fireworks by Kazimierz Siemienowicz (1600-1651), the Lithuanian-born Lieutenant-General of Ordnance to King Wladyslaw IV of Poland. Only the first part was published though the German edition of 1676 added a further part (see lot 416).
Fratelli Salimbeni, bookplate with letters L.B.; G.P.C., bookplate with motto "Nec adversa retorquent" and pencil shelfmark M VIII 335
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