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Les arts de l'homme d' epée, ou le dictionnaire du gentilhomme. La Haye, Adrian Moetjens,

GUILLET DE SAINT-GEORGES Georges, le sieur de (1680.)

£675.00 

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Three folding engraved illustrations.3 parts in one vol. 12mo,.[6]ff. 512pp. Contemporary vellum

First printed in 1678, this is the second edition of this handbook, but the first in which all three parts appeared in one volume. It sets out to teach in dictionary form the arts of the horse, military arts, and the arts of navigation. It proved immensely popular with many editions appearing in English under the title The Gentleman's Dictionary. Each of the three parts is preceded by an appropriate folding engraved illustration which show a gentelman on a horse, a plan of a military operation, a large ship with a plan to illustrate its various features.The first part lists all the definitions and phrases to do with horsemanship, as well as details of equine illnesses. For this part the author Part two explains the formation of a batallion, and describes the constructions used in attack and defence, and the ranks and functions of officers of the army; in the final part are described the different parts of a ship, details of naval manoeuvres and functions of naval officers. In 1682 the author Guillet de Saint-Georges (1624-1705) became the first historiographer of the Académie de peinture et sculpture.Cioranescu 34493 (edition originale of 1678). Hoefer XXII, 727-728. Thimm, p. 123. Polak, Bibliographie Maritime, 4229.

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