Lot 227: (MILITARY - FORTIFICATIONS.) L''Architettura Militare per le Reggie Scuole Teoriche y Artiglieria e Fortificazione. Libro Secondo.
December 8, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (MILITARY - FORTIFICATIONS.) L''Architettura Militare per le Reggie Scuole Teoriche y Artiglieria e Fortificazione. Libro Secondo. 11 finely executed ink and wash drawings, manuscript title within an elaborate Rococo cartouche, 159 manuscript pages in Italian. Folio, 12 3/4x9 1/2 inches, contemporary calf, head of spine just cracked, a bit worn; light surface soling, some bleed-through of manuscript pages. [Turin?], 1758
Alessandro Papacino d''Antoni began his directorship of the Royal School of Artillery and Military Engineering in Turin in 1755. From 1779-1782 he published six volumes of military instruction titled "Dell'' Architettura Militare per le Regie Scuole Teoriche y Artiglieria e Fortificazione." Ignazio Andrea Bozzolino, an infantry colonel and close associate of d''Antoni''s at the school penned the second volume of that series. The present manuscript, dated 1758, is a close copy of the published second volume. Presumed to be the work of a student at the school, the maker was a skilled technician. The extremely competent drawings illustrate the methods of military technology and fortification engineering described in the text. Bookplate of Cesare Maria de Vecchi, Conte di val Cismon, a Fascist General under Mussolini.