The Gentleman’s Journal for the War. Being an historical account and geographical description of several strong cities, towns and ports of Europe with authentick draughts of the fortifications. London: Abel Swall and Tim Child [and others], -1694.
Parts I-III only (of 4), 4° (228 x 168mm). Pagination -- Part I: [4 ?of 6], 1-2, 1-4, 9-32. Part II: , 33-56. Part III: , 57-67, . 23 engravings of fortifications. (Title to part I torn and crudely repaired with loss to first line and of bottom line in imprint, also with some loss of text [‘A description of many warlike instruments’] on title verso, part I lacking the page of cuts illustrating weapons, other losses and repairs to the first three numbers of part I, some severe dampstains and browning/soiling to edges, lacking all of part IV. ) Old calf (rebacked and repaired). Provenance: Allan Heywood Bright (ex libris).
A RARE PERIODICAL PUBLICATION, consisting of engraved plans of continental -- primarily French and Belgian -- fortifications, with descriptions. For any periodical to be illustrated before the 19th century was highly exceptional. ESTC lists 5 institutional holdings, 2 in the British Isles (their degree of completeness not stated), and provides firm details only for Part I, which was originally issued in 8 weekly numbers. Parts II-IV are said to have been ‘issued irregularly’, publication ceasing in 1696. This copy has all the engraved plans called for on the title-pages to the three parts (except pt. I, no. 2, does not include Huy as well as Maestricht). Each of the 8 numbers in part I has a drop-head title and consists of 2 leaves, but issue no.1 is also prefixed by a general title with text on verso (a second preliminary appears wanting). Parts II and II are not divided into numbers and may therefore not have appeared weekly like the first part. The nature of these fortifications would presumably have been of great topical interest during the Nine Years’ War (1688-1697), fought between Louis XIV and the Grand Alliance, primarily on mainland Europe and its surrounding waters. Not in Wing.