Engraved throughout in red and black

Alberghetti, Sigismondo. Nova artilleria veneta [...] Ictibus praepollens, usu facillima, & projectionibus theoriae tabularum universalium ejusdem respondens.

[Venice, 1703].

8vo. 2 parts in one volume, engraved throughout. (8), 8, (9-28) pp.; (2), (104) pp. of tables. With a Latin and an Italian main title-page; part II with separate Italian title-page. Partly printed in red; with Latin and Italian parallel text. With engraved portrait of Pope Clement XI. Contemporary full vellum with giltstamped label to spine.

 650.00

Posthumously published "beautiful edition" (Riccardi) of this very scarce treatise on artillery by the Venetian foundryman Alberghetti (1632-1702). A planned 1699 first edition had been refused the privilege of publication. The book discusses the new methods of casting which Alberghetti had observed on his visit to England towards the end of the 17th century: upon his return he proposed the construction of iron rifles and the use of longer projectiles with a cylindrical centre, neither of which were implemented by the Venice arsenal due to financial considerations. However, his work is considered to have prompted another on cylindrical bullets by Vincenzo Polizzi in Naples (1783). The larger part of the work is made up by tables for calculating the proper angle and distance for firing.

Upper cover slightly bowed, interior crisp and clean. Provenance: bookplates of Fratelli Salimbeni, and "G.P.C." with Pegasus and the motto "Nec adversa retorquent", both with shelfmarks (one in pencil) to front pastedown. 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.

Only a few copies in libraries worldwide, two in the United States (Wilmington and Charleston). A single copy in auction records.

Riccardi I, 14, 3, 2. D'Ayala 136. De Lucia 121. Montù I, 646f; II, 1095-1097. Thieme/Becker I, 182f.

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