Buren, Hendrik van. Drilkonst of Hedendaaghsche Wapen-oeffening [...].

Amsterdam, Marcus Doornick, 1672.

8vo. (10), 98 pp. With engraved title-page and 68 numbered illustrations on 17 engraved plates. Contemporary blindstamped full vellum.

 650.00

Third edition.

Rare treatise on military drill by the lieutenant in the Dutch States Army van Buren. This issue had been preceded by two equally scarce editions in 1668 and (also) 1672. The "Drilkonst" forms part of the 17th century Dutch tradition of drill manuals, prompted by the tactical reforms introduced after 1590 by William Louis and Maurice of Nassau, stadtholders and captains-general of Friesland and Groningen, thereby engendering a tactical military revolution in the first half of the 17th century. Soon, manuals providing step-by-step tutorials were produced to spread the word of the new standards. The illustrations, showing the correct handling and presentation of muskets and pikes, are identical to those of the first edition.

A few minor marginal flaws to paper; several plates narrowly trimmed. Slightly waterstained near the gutter.

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. Rarely seen at auction: only a few copies in libraries worldwide, none in the United States.

Jähns 1290. STCN 844194697. Hoogendoorn, Bibliography of the exact sciences in the Low Countries 175. Bierens Haan 688. OCLC 66288662. Cf. Lipperheide Qb 51. Hiler 128 (2nd ed.).

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