AMAZING ILLUSTRATED BOOK "POLIORCETICON" text by JUSTUS LIPSIUS with illustrations by OTTO VAN VEEN and PIETER VAN DER BORCHT, 45 STUNNING PLATES. COMPLETE FINE COPY, 422 YEARS OLD. RARE EDITION, ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL 16TH CENTURY MILITARY HISTORY BOOK EVER PUBLISHED ON ROMAN ART OF WAR, WEAPONS AND MILITARY STRATEGY.
The book illustrates and describes many military campaigns including Julius Caesar's strategy during the war in Gaul and the battle of Alesia (France) and the victory over the Gaul tribes. The siege of Numantia (Numancia) in Spain (Numantine War). The Punic Wars against Hannibal Barca and the siege of Carthage (Tunisia), the wars in Africa by Roman general Scipio The African (Scipio Africanus) and his son Scipio Aemilianus and many other battles.
RARE BOOK, sought after by the beauty of the engravings. A very good copy with 45 fine illustrations, the book describes the techniques and weapons of war of the Romans, in particular the engines of war such as the battering ram, the catapult, crossbow, methods of attack using arrows, fire and even elephants, also the defence and attack of fortified towns, armored vehicles, naval battles and several military engineering. The remarkable engravings have been attributed to the Flemish painters Otto van Veen (1556–1629) and Pieter van der Borcht (1540–1608), published by the famous Plantin Press. This is the second augmented edition with 45 woodcut engraved illustrations. A renaissance masterpiece. The illustrations are well defined, with excellent contrast and detail. The blur effect is only due to an aberration of the camera macro.
Author: Justus Lipsius, Joest Lips or Joost Lips (1547-1606) was a Flemish philologist and humanist. Lipsius wrote a series of works designed to revive ancient Stoicism in a form that would be compatible with Christianity. The most famous of these is De Constantia (On Constancy). His form of Stoicism influenced a number of contemporary thinkers, creating the intellectual movement of Neostoicism. He taught at the universities in Jena, Leiden and Leuven.
Illustrator: Otto van Veen (1556-1629), also known by his Latinized name Otto Venius or Octavius Vaenius, was a painter, draughtsman, and humanist active primarily in Antwerp and Brussels in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. He is known for running a large studio in Antwerp, producing several emblem books, and for being, from 1594 until 1598, Peter Paul Rubens' teacher.
Illustrator: Pieter van der Borcht or Peter van der Borcht (1530-1608) was a Flemish Renaissance painter, draughtsman and etcher. He is regarded as one of the most gifted botanical painters of the 16th century.
Title: Ivsti Lipsi, poliorceticon sive de machinis tormentis telis libri quinque: ad historiarum lucem. Published by Ex Officina Plantiniana (Plantin Press), Apud Ioannem Moretum/Moretus, in Antwerp, MDXCIX (1599). On the third page, dedication to the Archbishop Ernest of Bavaria or Ernst von Bayern (1554-1612) was Prince-elector-archbishop of Cologne from 1583 to 1612.
Size: 25.2 x 16.8 cm (10.0 by 6.6 inches).
Description: 4° size, 218 pages + 3 leaves for index and royal privilege dated: Bruxelles, January 28, 1596. Text in Latin and Greek. Usual slight browning of the paper of the time. The illustrations are fine, clean, well engraved and with great contrast and sharpness. 20th century hardcover in perfect condition. Engraved device on title, 45 woodcut engraved illustrations, many full-page. Illustrations are intact and with large margins. Minor loss (2 cm) in the lower right corner of last 13 leaves, but this doesn't affect illustrations and text. All pages and illustrations are present.
COMPLETE, RARE ILLUSTRATED BOOK 422 YEARS OLD.
References: BM-STC. Dutch Books, 119; ADAMS, L-760, L-781 & L-798; Cockle, A Bibliography of Military Books up to 1642, No. 620 & 672; Spaulding & Karpinsky, Early military books, 57; Bibliotheca Belgica, L-424, L-425, L-369 & L-162; CCBE L-940; CGBNP 98-871; NL 0398856.
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- Number of Books
- Art, History, Illustrated, Incunabula & early printing, Militaria, Science (general), Technology, War history
- Author/ Illustrator
- Justus Lipsius / Otto van Veen / Pieter van der Borcht
- Book Title
- Poliorceticon Sive de Machinis / Roman Empire & Military Strategy
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- Illustrated Edition
- Greek, Latin
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Limited edition
- Number of pages
- 25.2×16.8 cm