Auction 357 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects

MILITARIA -- FOSSÉ, Ch.-L. Ideés d'un militaire pour la disposition des troupes (…) dans la défense et l'attaque des petits posts. Paris, A. Jombert, 1783. x, 116, 60 pp. W. printer's mark on title-p., cold. coat of arms of the Duc du Chatelet on dedication p. and 11 sumptiously cold. plates (of which 10 fold.). Mottled cf., ruled in black & decorated in gilt, spine raised in compartments w. label, silk endpapers & double marbled endpapers, bound by Gregoire Levitsky. In marbled slipcase. (Spine restored w. dec. labels, textblock & plates very clean & beautifully preserved, a fine copy).

The latter part of this volume is a separate (but related) work on military cartography by L.-M. Bonnet, 'Des couleurs propres au lavis des plans et de la conduite à tenir pour les employer'. With the gorgeous plates the author takes the opportunity to show off the crayon / pastel colour printing technique he invented, or at the very least perfected. (Cf. A.M. Hind. A short history of engraving and etching, p. 288).

€ 800

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