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17thC Mallet Fort Design for Les Travaux de Mars (Work of War). c1684.

17thC Mallet Fort Design for Les Travaux de Mars (Work of War). c1684.

by Mallet, Allain Manesson

Original antique print c1684 of the Art of War by Alain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706), who studied mathematics and geometry at the College of Burgundy, under the military engineer, Philippe Mallet (1606-1679).

During military service, first as musketeer in the guards regiment of Louis XIV; and then in Portugal under the command of Marshal Schomberg, he served as an engineer, and rose to the rank of sargento-mor (equivalent to commander) of artillery, and inspector of fortifications. At the end of the Portuguese War of Independence, Mallet returned to France, and was appointed mathematics teacher of the pages of the King in Little Stable, Versailles (reserved for the sons of the noble families whose antiquity dated back to 1550 or earlier). As master of mathematics Mallet had time to write.

Mallet's first publication, in 1671, was on military science and the art of siege warfare. In 1684 Mallet published his updated work Travaux de Mars, ou l’Art de War  “on observations I’ve made on the art of war”, and provided engraved diagrams for the fortifications of cities and towns throughout Europe, including small scenes “to inspire young nobles to learn to draw, because in fortifications, drawing is not simply a noble propriety, but an absolute necessity”.

Approximate size: 21 x 14 cm (10.25 x 8.25 inches). This fine copperplate engraving has been hand-coloured at some time since publication.



Stock Number: apmal1Price: $77.00