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Nye, Nathaniel (b. 1624) The Art of Gunnery.

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3117B
Lot:
133
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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 3117B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
July 20, 2018 12:00PM

Description:

Nye, Nathaniel (b. 1624) The Art of Gunnery. London: Printed for William Leak, at the signe of the Crown in Fleetstreet, between the two Temple Gates, 1648. Second edition, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece of Nye at the age of 20 by Hollar bound opposite title, illustrated with three folding woodcuts and two folding tables, with the section entitled, A Treatise of Artificiall Fire-Works, two U.S. copies only, both at William Andrews Clark; bound in full speckled calf, rebacked (some scratches to front board), a.e.g.; 6 x 3 7/8 in.

"Believing that war was as much a science as an art, his explanations focused on triangulation, arithmetic, theoretical mathematics, and cartography, as well as practical considerations such as the ideal specification for gunpowder or slow matches. His book acknowledged mathematicians such as Robert Recorde and Marcus Jordanus as well as earlier military writers on artillery such as Niccolò Tartaglia and Thomas Malthus." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Nye)

A8 (A1 is frontispiece), [cross]4, B-F4, G2, a-f8, g4, (g4 blank and present).
http://estc.bl.uk/R216539
Estimate $4,000-5,000


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Keywords

William Andrews, Andrews Clark, Marcus Jordanus, Thomas Malthus, William Leak, Tartaglia Malthus, London, United States, British musicians, G4, Nye, Octavo, Robert Recorde

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