Illustrated by Jost Amman

[Reinhard I, Graf zu Solms-Lich]. Besatzung. Ein kurtzer bericht, wie Stätt, Schlösser oder Flecken, mit kriegs volck sollen besetzt sein, daß sie sich vor dem Feinde erhalten mögen.

Frankfurt, (Feyerabend & Hüter, 1564).

Folio (189 x 290 mm). XVI, (1) pp. With large woodcut title illustration and 6 woodcut illustrations in the text, all by Jost Amman. Modern marbled boards with cloth spine, new endpapers. All edges red.


Second independent edition of this "short account of the manner how towns, castles, and other places are to be garrisoned with soldiers in such a way that they may withstand the enemy". Formerly attributed erroneously to Fronsperger's "Kriegßbuch", from which Amman's fine title woodcut was taken, the treatise was first published privately in 1560 as the 8th volume of the monumental military encyclopedia by the imperial field marshal and fortification architect Reinhard count Solms (1491-1562); Feyerabend issued it separately in 1563. The text woodcuts show siege engines and instruments.

Leaves XIII and XIIII transposed. Colophon leaf repaired at foot and spotted.

Provenance: the library of Heinrich Stiebel, Frankfurt (his bookplate on pastedown, numbered 5272). Later 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 Sotheran's, December 1936).


VD 16, R 940. Jähns I, 550 (and cf. 509-514). Cf. Cockle 530 (1563 ed.).

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