2 June 2004
FURTENBACH, Joseph (1591-1667). Architectura Universalis, das ist von Kriegs: Statt-und Wasser Gebawen. Ulm: Johan Sebastian Meder, 1635. [Bound with:] FURTENBACH, Joseph. Büchsenmeisterey-Schul. Augsburg: Johann Shultes, 1643.
2 works in one volume, 2° (310 x 195mm). I: letterpress title in red and black, double-page engraved title by Mathias Remnoldt after J.J. Campanus, engraved folding author portrait and 60 double-page engraved plates by Remboldt after Furtenbach. II: letterpress title in red and black, folding engraved title, engraved portrait of Bertold Schwarts and 44 double-page engraved plates by Remboldt after Furtenbach. (Faint dampstain on title of first work, neat tear at fold of second engraved title.) Contemporary vellum over pasteboard, spine lettered in manuscript (a little discoloured). Provenance: Otto Heyder (contemporary inscription in first title)--Robert B. Honeyman (his sale, Sotheby's London, 5-6 November 1979, lot 1388, £3600 to:)--Hitching.
VERY FINE COPIES OF THE FIRST EDITION of the Architectura Naturalis and a revised and enlarged edition of the Halintro-Pyrobolia. The Architettura Universalis treats of military architecture and fortification and illustrates barracks and other buildings, such as prisons and special torture chambers. The work also provides a full description of firearms and pieces of artillery, bombs and fireworks. Furtenbach was a talented Ulm architect and, after studying architecture and engineering in Italy, he returned to Ulm where he designed buildings and gardens while pursuing other business activities. The Ulm fortifications he constructed were amongst the strongest of their time, remaining impregnable during the Thirty Years' War. Berlin Kat. 1956; Bremen p. 45; Zeitlinger Bibliotheca chemico-mathematica, 21015.
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