Art/ Collection/ Collection/ Art Object

Pratiqve de la Guerre. Contenant l'usage de l'Artillerie, Bombes & Mortiers, Feux Artificiels & Petards, Sappes & Mines, Ponts & Pontons, Tranchees & Travaux, auec l'ordre des Assauts aux Breches. Ensemble vn traite des Feux de Ioye/par le sievr de Malthvs…

Francis Malthus
Paris: Chez Gervais Clousier, au Palais, sur les degrez de la sainte Chapelle, 1650
Illustrated book
[10] + 282 + [23] pp.; H: 9 in. (23cm)
Credit Line:
Jane E. Andrews Fund, in memory of her husband, William Loring Andrews
Accession Number:
959.9 M292
Not on view
Francis Malthus an engineer in the royal French army and a captain general of mines and sapping, was responsible for the French use of mortar beginning in 1634. Having received his education in pyrotechnics on the Continent, his work was considered more sophisticated than that of his contemporary English experts. This edition is the first of the most important book on artillery from the seventeenth-century. The work is divided into five sections—artillery, bombs and mortars, tunnel-making, mines, and fireworks for entertainment. "Pratique de la guerre," provides many practical tricks and techniques for breaking through the barriers of a fortressed city. The Library's copy is in a contemporary full-vellum binding.
Related Objects

Almanach royal, année bissextile M.DCC.LXXXVIII, présenté a sa Majeste pour la premiere fois en 1699

Artist: Laurent Charles d' Houry (French, 1717?–1786) Date: 1787 Accession: AY831 .Z7 1788 On view in:Not on view

Almanach royal, année M.DCC.LVIII

Date: 1757 Accession: AY831 .Z7 1758 On view in:Not on view

Anthologie françoise, ou, Chansons choisies, depuis le 13a siècle jusqu'à présent

Artist: Jean Monnet (French, 1703–1785) Date: 1765 Accession: PQ1189 .M66 1765 On view in:Not on view