Die heutige Kriegs-Disciplin, Worinnen in drei besondern Theilen gehandelt wird

By: Johann Sebastian Gruber

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Book Condition: Used: Good

8vo. 6 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches. [xiv], 63, [1 blank, 135, [1 blank], 224, [8], 85, [1 blank], [1 errata], [1 blank] pp. Pages 54-56 have the following mis-paginations: page 56 mis-numbered 58; page 60 mis-numbered 58, page 61 mis-numbered 69, and page 64 mis-numbered 62. Title page in red and black, each of 4 sections with unique title page, 84 copper-etched plates (plate 56 LACKING), errata at end of Part 4; text clean, unmarked, LACKS engraved title page and plate 56, toned, water-stain in upper right corner of final 9 leaves. Full modern vellum, leather thongs at head and foot of spine, ms. spine title, 4 3/4 x 2 7/8 inch piece from the original binding mounted to the front cover of the modern vellum bearing the armorial device of Vaclav Vojtech Sternberg, new end-papers; binding square and tight, thongs show wear. Original paste-down preserved with a 5 line inscription showing the date of original purchase by Vaclav Vojtech Sternberg. Modern bookplates of "Messenger" on front free endpaper and Kreuzenstein Castle (by artist Alfred Cossman) on the second modern flyleaf. SCARCE. Very Good. This work is a translation into German of Pierre Giffart's (1637-1723) L'Art Militaire Francois pour l'infanterie.... (1696) by Johann Sebastian Gruber, Major. I have not been able to find an online resource for Gruber, only knowing that he published works on military architecture and mathematics into the early 18th century. This book is divided into four parts; it discusses formations on the battle field and gives a series of plates showing musket drills. PROVENANCE: The armorial device of Vaclav Vojtech Sternberg (d. 1703) is on the front cover of this volume, with a 5-line inscription mounted inside the front cover noting the date of purchase of this volume and from whom the book was bought. Sternberg was a member of the Bohemian aristocracy in Prague and built the Sternberg Palace in 1698, which now houses the exhibition space of the National Gallery in Prague. Most of Sternberg's book collection now resides at the National Library of the Czech Republic. This volume also bears the bookplate of Kreuzenstein Castle, the home of Count Johann Nepomuk Wilczek, a wealthy Austrian aristocrat who flourished at the turn of the twentieth century. Gruber's German-language translation of Giffart's French-language work of the previous year appears to be quite scarce. While 6 online records appear in OCLC, these all appear to be Continental holdings. Only 1 record appears in auction records from 1953, Parke-Bernet Feiss, Katz, and other New York collectors sale. The copy offered here appears to be the same copy as sold in 1953, inasmuch as both copies have the Kreuzenstein bookplate. It would appear that the subsequent owner had this copy re-cased in vellum, preserving the original front vellum panel with the Sternberg coat of arms mounted on the front panel, new end-papers were added to hold 2 bookplates, including the Kreuzenstein and another bookplate "Ex Libris Messenger." Most likely Messenger is the buyer at the 1953 sale and the individual who had the new binding put on this copy.

Title: Die heutige Kriegs-Disciplin, Worinnen in drei besondern Theilen gehandelt wird

Author Name: Johann Sebastian Gruber

Categories: Military History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Augsburg, Kroniger and Gobel: 1697

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: SGO214-1a

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