First edition published posthumously, dedicated to the Royal Prince of Prussia.
The edition is illustrated with 31 (of 36 missing Nos. 7, 11,14, 32, 34) fold-out plates engraved on copper, showing fortifications, examples of attacks, construction profiles and diagrams, etc.
Very good copy with large margins, bound in a beautifully made modern binding, in glossy granite half calfskin, spine with raised bands adorned with gilded tooling, boards adorned with a pattern of blind-stamped bands. All edges red.
Binding in very good condition. Fresh inside, some light foxing in the margins, plate VI is torn along the fold (see photo).
This is one of Vauban’s (1633-1707) great classics on fortification, the fruit of over 50 years of experience, observations and experimentation. This treatise was made at the beginning of the War of the Spanish Succession on the orders of Louis XIV for the instruction of the Duke of Burgundy; it was not intended to be published. It was not until 30 years after the death of the marshal that Pierre de Hondt proposed this edition made from one of the many manuscripts going around.
The second part, entitled De la Défense des places, on pages 189 to 216, though attributed to Vauban, actually reproduces a large part of the Discours sur la défense des places, presented to Louis XIV in 1675, by Guillaume de La Fon de Boisguérin, Lord of Deshoulières.
Vauban (Sébastien le Prestre, marquis de)
De l'attaque et de la défense des places. La Haye: Pierre de Hondt, 1737 quarto volume, (10 ff.), 216 pp., 31/36 plates.
In 1742, De Hondt published the Traité des mines et le Traité de la guerre en général, including Les Qualitez & les Devoirs des Gens de Guerre which is missing in this copy.
- Number of Books
- Bindings, History, Illustrated, Militaria
- Author/ Illustrator
- [Edition Originale] Vauban
- Book Title
- De l'attaque et de la défense des places.
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Number of pages
- 28×24 cm