Capobianco, Alessandro / Teti, Carlo. Corona e palma militare di artiglieria.

Venice, Francesco Bariletti, 1602.

Folio (242 x 350 mm). (3), 58 ff. With woodcut illustrations and initials, small woodcut map of the world above colophon.

(Bound after) II: Teti, Carlo. Discorsi delle fortificationi, espugnationi, & difese delle città, & d'altri luoghi. Vicenza, Giacomo de' Franceschi, 1617. (2), 210 pp. With woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials and illustrations (some double-page), 3 folding woodcut plates, with blank leaves. Contemporary English calf, blue edges.


Capobianco's work on artillery was first published in 1598 and was the first book to recommend the use of cartridges in cannons which would supersede the difficult, tedious and dangerous earlier method of loading with loose powder. Also interesting for the description of a remarkable measuring instrument, consisting of five component parts, invented by the author. Capobianco was captain of artillery for Crema and he demonstrates knowledge of Tartaglia's work on ballistics. The woodcuts show for the most part cannons and their construction, their correct positions for the bombardment of certain targets, and plans of fortifications.

II: Teti's treatise on military engineering was first published in 1569, and again in 1589, with additions. This profusely illustrated issue contains all eight books. Teti served the Emperors Maximilian II and Rudolf II; the Hungarian fortifications at Érsekújvár, Nagykanizsa and Komarom were designed by him. Additionally, he served as a tutor to the Saxon Prince Elector Christian I and was employed by the Medici of Florence and the Dukes of Savoy.

Binding professionally repaired. With contemporary ownership of "Francisco Drake" to flyleaf and title-pages. Latterly in the collection of Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe (1862-1956), commander of the Territorial Army and president of the Society for Army History Research (purchased from Pickering & Chatto, 14 November 1901, £1-4s).

Cockle 673 & 776. USTC 4031756 & 4029522.

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