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BONBRA, Franciscus David. Ars belli et pacis, sive de bello feliciter gerendo, et pace firmiter stabilienda, libri duo. Straubing: Simon Gall, 1643.
2 parts in one, 2o (300 x 199 mm). Additional engraved title by Wilhelm Frommer. (Short tear to Qqq1 and 2 with old repair, affecting a few lines of text.) Contemporary vellum (remnants of cloth ties, short split to vellum at spine and one edge). Provenance: Fuerstlich Auerspergsche Fideicommisbibliothek zu Laybach (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. The first part, De arte belli, is on weapons, forts, and the art of war; it is also an attempt to define war and the reasons leading to war. The second part, De arte pacis, is on international relations and discusses diplomacy, neutrality of states, etc. The Latin text has numerous quotations mainly in German and French. BM/STC 17th-century German B1828; Jähns II,970.
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