THE GREAT ART OF ARTILLERY
1729; Casimir Simienowicz, English by George Shelvocke; First English Edition; London, J. Tonson; Folio Leather, Re-Backed with Original Spine Labels; Illustrated by P. Fourdrinier; Extremely Rare!!!
Great For any Artillery Fan or Collector. Great Gift Idea; Landmark Work!!!
A Lovely, sleek folio leather cover design with gold borders, gold trim/raised bands/labels to binding, with a great frontispiece, title page in red/black, woodcut headings/endings/initials, with 22 Brilliant foldout plates consisting of 229 Figures and a Fascinating read in early modern English on handmade paper; With Step by Step and Ingredients; Nice Size!!!
In 1650 Siemienowicz published a notable work, Artis Magnae Artilleriae pars prima (Great Art of Artillery, the First Part). Its name implies a second part, and it is rumored that he wrote its manuscript before his death. It is also rumored that he was killed by members of the metallurgy/gunsmith/pyrotechnics guilds, who were opposed to him publishing a book about their secrets, and that they hid or destroyed the manuscript of the second part. Siemienowicz disparaged what he saw as a culture of secrecy based on "canting Alchymists of the times Past...they dealed in nothing but Smoke, yet arrogantly took upon them to be Professors of so noble and excellent an art as Chymistry."
Artis Magnae Artilleriae pars prima was first printed in Amsterdam in 1650, was translated to French in 1651, German in 1676, English and Dutch in 1729 and Polish in 1963.
In the first part of his work he also wrote that the second one would contain the universal pyrotechnic invention, containing all of our current knowledge. According to his short description, this invention was supposed to greatly ease all measurements and calculations.
Kazimierz Siemienowicz (born c. 1600 - c. 1651), was a Polish-Lithuanian general of artillery, gunsmith, military engineer, artillery specialist and pioneer of rocketry. Born in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, he served the armies of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, a federation of Poland and the Grand Duchy, and in the armies of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, a ruler of the Netherlands. No portrait or detailed biography of him has survived and much of his life is a subject of dispute.
Condition is Good+/Very Good. Some wear to edges/boards, bookplate Wm. Granville Eliot Esq., fading to gold borders, very light blemishing to title, some margins, most pages/hinges/text block are very good for over 285 years old!!!