Title: Les Travaux de Mars ou la Fortification nouvelle tant reguliere qu'irreguliere, 1671. Seconde Partie
Author: Allain Manesson Mallet
Publisher: A Paris Chez l'autheur
An incomplete and early second edition copy of Mallet’s Works of Mars, or New Fortification, both Regular and Irregular. This is the second part of three, containing most of the the volume’s original contents.
The second part examines and provides the various construction methods of fortifying all sorts of cities, according to Errard, Marollois, Fritach, Stevin, Dogen, Sardy, Deville, Fabre, and the Comte de Pagan. It also provides a parallel of their constructions & those of the author, along with several smaller illustrations of various duels and battlements under siege.
Of Mallet himself, he was a French cartographer and engineer. He started his career as a soldier in the army of Louis XIV, later becoming a Sergeant-Major in the artillery and an Inspector of Fortifications. He also served under the King of Portugal, before returning to France, and his appointment to the court of Louis.
It wasn’t until 1684 that his Works of Mars was published in larger format along with his Art of War, containing a plethora a illustrations.
Only 67 of the 91 full page plates are remaining, with a significant number having been excised or crudely cut out of the page itself.
One volume in octavo, pages 7-14,17-60,67-82, 85-228
On note of condition, this volume is in poor shape, with heavy rubbing and wear to the bindings, with cracks noted at the joints, as well as the foot and head of the spine. The book itself is incomplete, with the introduction, table of context, and first seven numbered pages, several pages in between as indicated by the page count, and the final 46 pages all lacking. There is foxing and staining throughout, with heavy tearing on several pages, and pages 211-216 being virtually mutilated, with the plates on those pages having been cut out with only portions of the text remaining. Almost all the pages are dogeared as well.