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La Pyrotechnie…ou sont représentés les plus rares & plus appreuvez Secrets des Machines & des Feux artificiels. Propres pour assiéger battre surprendre & deffendre toutes places.
La Pyrotechnie…ou sont représentés les plus rares & plus appreuvez Secrets des Machines & des Feux artificiels. Propres pour assiéger battre surprendre & deffendre toutes places.
La Pyrotechnie…ou sont représentés les plus rares & plus appreuvez Secrets des Machines & des Feux artificiels. Propres pour assiéger battre surprendre & deffendre toutes places.

“Appier’s Influence on Subsequent Pyrotechnic Works is Immense”–Philip

La Pyrotechnie…ou sont représentés les plus rares & plus appreuvez Secrets des Machines & des Feux artificiels. Propres pour assiéger battre surprendre & deffendre toutes places.

Finely engraved title & 133 engraved text illus. (many full-page). 4 p.l., 264 pp. 4to, cont. vellum over boards (a little warped), remains of green silk ties. Pont-à-Mousson: I. & G. Bernard, 1630.

Second edition, enlarged with additional illustrations, of an important and early book on military technology and pyrotechnics. The first edition appeared in 1620 under the title Recueil de plusieurs Machines militaires. For that edition, Appier collaborated with the famous mathematician and surgeon, François Thybourel (fl. 1620), but after a dispute with his co-author about the priority of their names on the title-page, Appier presented our edition as entirely his own work. “The Pyrotechnie is an entirely new work. The plates are bold and instructive.”–Ferguson, Books of Secrets, II, 3rd Supp., p. 45.

The text is presented in the form of a dialogue between a general and a captain, in which the captain offers important advice stemming from practical experience. Appier instructs the reader on the transportation of ordnance, accurate aim, aquatic fireworks (see p. 253), the creation of smokeless fire, and ruses de guerre.

“The beautiful engravings by Appier show the ‘state of the art’ of defensive and offensive machines of war, including rockets, mortars, and numerous explosive devices, as well as a wide variety of recreational fireworks.”–Neville, I, p. 40. The images, designed by the author, also depict the construction of many kinds of bridges including pontoon and drawbridges, gun turrets, platforms and ladders for sieges, machines devised to destroy castle defenses, the process of moving a cannon uphill, and types of ammunition and their optimal effectiveness.

Appier (1596-1647), the son of an engineer who was in charge of fortifying Nancy, was a printer, engraver, and pyrotechnician. He established a printing press in Pont-à-Mousson which served the local university.

Fine copy with a natural paper flaw on A2 touching a few letters of text, repaired at a very early date. Unidentified 18th-century engraved armorial bookplate on front paste-down endpaper. Early ownership inscription on title: “Ex bibliotheca Gravenegg.” Joachim von Gravenegg (1594-1671), was prince-abbot of the Benedictine abbey at Fulda, to which he donated his library.

❧ Brunet I, 358. Cockle 938. N.B.G., Vol. 23, cols. 315-17. Philip, A Bibliography of Firework Books, pp. 11-12–“His name alone appears in the much finer edition of 1630…Appier’s influence on subsequent pyrotechnic works is immense.”.

Price: $5,000.00

Item ID: 5873