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Traitté des siéges et de l'attaque des places ; Traitté de la deffense des places, between 1700 and 1707?

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Vauban, Sébastien Le Prestre de 1633-1707  Search this
Louis Duke of Burgundy, Dauphin of France 1682-1712,_Dauphin_of_France,_Duke_of_Burgundy  Search this
Vauban, Sébastien Le Prestre de 1633-1707 De l'attaque et de la defense des places  Search this
Burndy Library Manuscripts Collection (Smithsonian Libraries) DSI  Search this
Dibner, Bern DSI  Search this
Burndy Library DSI  Search this
Physical description:
[230] pages, [43] leaves of plates (some folded) : illustrations (chiefly colored) ; 45 cm
Early works to 1800
Early works
Manuscripts (documents).)
Hand-drawn illustrations, many painted with watercolors
Leaves written on both sides
The first eight pages are slightly wider than the volume and are folded along the fore-edge. The first two pages have a damaged fore-edge that was clumsily repaired, affecting the text on page one
The first ten plates have later foliation added in pencil; the contemporary plate numbering in ink (as referenced in the text) begins with the eleventh plate, which is numbered as "planche premiere."
The numbers 34 and 35 are each repeated once in the contemporary handwritten pagination, without duplication of text
Title devised by cataloger, based partly on the form of titles used in the later published works
Two small ink sketches of cannons have been tipped in with sealing wax on plate 9 (that is, on the eighteenth plate in the volume)
Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Manuscripts of the Dibner collection, 68
Also available online
Also available online.
Collected by Bern Dibner for his Burndy Library in Norwalk, Connecticut, founded in 1941. Donated to the Smithsonian Libraries in 1974 by Dibner DSI
SCDIRB copy 39088003342490 has bookplate: Burndy Library ... gift of Bern Dibner
SCDIRB copy has an antique-style gilt-tooled full vellum binding over paper boards; red edges, and braided leather clasps looping over small white (ivory?) balls; one of the balls is wanting
Holograph manuscript signed. containing Vauban's dedicatory letter to Monseigneur Le Duc de Bourgogne and "cet ouvrage," namely the two treatises. The first treatise has 25 chapters, indexed on pages 198-200, the second treatise, captioned "Traitté de la deffense des places," has 5 chapters. Later published as: De l'attaque et de la defense des places
Fortification  Search this
Geometry  Search this
Military art and science  Search this
Military engineering  Search this
Military reconnaissance  Search this
Science--History  Search this
Technology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Science  Search this
Technology  Search this
Call number:
MSS 001303 B
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries