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17th century Fortification design models. Mallet c1684

17th century Fortification design models. Mallet c1684

by Mallet, Alain Manesson

17th century antique print of architectural fortification profiles.

Alain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706) studied mathematics and geometry at the College of Burgundy, under the military engineer, Philippe Mallet (1606-1679). Mallet served as an engineer in the French army of Louis XIV. Under Marshal Schomberg, Mallet rose to the rank of sarento-mor (equivalent to commander) of artillery and inspector of fortifications. After returning to France from Portugal, Mallet was appointed mathematics teacher of the pages of the King in Little Stable, Versaille (reserved for the sons of the noble families whose antiquity dated back to 1550 or earlier).

In 1671 his first publication 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 with 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).

Stock Number: apMil73Price: $165.00