• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 313

    VAUBAN, Sebastien Le Prestre (1633-1707). Kniga o atake i oborone krepostei. [On the Attack and Defence of Fortresses.] Translated by Ivan Remezov. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1744. 4° (264 x 210mm). Title printed in red and black. 36 engraved plates, some folding. (Lacking half of the last fold-out plate, dampstain affecting the plates, some light spotting and light soiling, some plates creased with tears and small losses mostly in the margins). Contemporary blue cloth, manuscript heart-shaped label on the upper board (worn and soiled, small loss at the top edge of the lower board).

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    VAUBAN, Sebastien Le Prestre (1633-1707). Kniga o atake i oborone krepostei. [On the Attack and Defence of Fortresses.] Translated by Ivan Remezov. St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1744. 4° (264 x 210mm). Title printed in red and black. 36 engraved plates, some folding. (Lacking half of the last fold-out plate, dampstain affecting the plates, some light spotting and light soiling, some plates creased with tears and small losses mostly in the margins). Contemporary blue cloth, manuscript heart-shaped label on the upper board (worn and soiled, small loss at the top edge of the lower board).

    FIRST EDITION IN RUSSIAN of Vauban's richly illustrated treatise on fortifications and the art of war. Vauban, France's foremost military engineer at the time, had consolidated France's extensive and varied borders and, while doing so, devised very effective siege techniques. His highly useful books remained in print long after his death. Obol'ianinov 384; Sopikov 2517; SK 1039.


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