Theoria Et Praxis Artilleriae. Oder: Deutliche Beschreibung, Der Bey itziger Zeit bräuchlichen Artillerie.
Folio (309 x 196 mm) Three parts in one volume. Contemporary full vellum; engraved title-page, title-page, ([viii], printed dedication and preface), 88, [iv]pp., 24 engraved plates of which 6 are folding; engraved title-page, title-page, ([iv], printed dedication and preface), 94, [iv]pp., 16 engraved plates of which 7 are folding; engraved title-page, title-page, 56pp., errata leaf, 7 engraved plates; old, neat ink initials ‘HL’ to the foot of the title-page of the Part I, light toning to the margins, old neat repair to an internal tear in one of the folding plates in Part II, light water-stain to the foot of the errata leaf, rear endpaper, otherwise a bright copy of a work uncommon to find complete in the three parts, and in any condition approaching decent.
First edition (Part III), Parts I and II, reprints of the 1682-83 editions with title-pages dated 1685 and 1690 respectively: Part I is devoted to artillery and the manufacture of cannons, and includes tables for calculating the size of bores, ranges and trajectories: Part II is concerned with fireworks for military and recreational display, the latter includes two engraved plates showing a plan, section, and perspective view of a mock fortified island complete with placements for fireworks; the text includes instructions for the construction of, and recipes for, bombes, stars, girandoles, and rockets. The manufacture of gunpowder, and its various properties is the subject of Part III. The author, Johann Seigmund Buchner, was ‘Zeug-Leutenant’ (Quartermaster), attached to the Pleissenberg, at the time a fortified administrative complex and barracks in Leipzig.
Philip B290.1 (with a differing plate count, but our copy’s count agrees with collations of other copies consulted).
Stock number: 1211