The woodcuts are partly based on an earlier illustrated Vegetius printed in Augsburg in around 1475. They contain anachronistic illustrations of cannons and soldiers in contemporary costume, indicating that the book was intended for practical rather than academic use.
The pencil notes in German in this copy indicate the source of the illustrations, from editions of Valturius to manuscripts such as a Feuerwerckbuch of c. 1440 (Germanisches Nationalmuseum Cod. 719) and the Nuremberg gunner Johann Formschneider's manuscript of the 1460s (Munich Cod. Germ. 734).
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