"of the utmost importance"

[Ott von Echterdingen, Michael]. Kriegs Ordnung new gemacht. Von Besatzung der Schlösser, was darzu gehört, un[d] tröstlich ist. Articulßbrieff der Kriegßleut, sampt deroselbigen Eyde [...].

[Simmern, Rodler, ca. 1534].

Folio (205 x 303 mm). (42) ff. With one large woodcut in text. Modern half calf.


Extremely rare, early edition: "a work of the utmost importance for German military science, in many ways nothing less than fundamental" (Jähns, p. 484). One of the most interesting early 16th century books on the art of warfare; one of three undated issues. Treats sieges and occupations, various kinds of weaponry and their application. The woodcut shows the siege of a city. The BM copy cited by Cockle (with different quire signatures and surmised publication date of 1525) is not traceable in the BM General Catalogue. Ott von Echterdingen was General of the Artillery under Emperor Maximilian I and Emperor Charles V (cf. ADB XXIV, 558f.).

Some browning throughout. Provenance: from the collection of Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe (1862-1956), commander of the Territorial Army and president of the Society for Army History Research.

VD 16, O 1453. Jähns 483. Bonnemann, Rodler 9. BM-STC German 478. Cf. Cockle 508. Jordan 2748. Fairfax Murray 235. BMC XIV, 418, 740. Weller, Repertorium Suppl. 341.

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