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17th century Fencing. The Art of the Parry. Mallet c1684

17th century Fencing. The Art of the Parry. Mallet c1684

by Mallet, Alain Manesson

The Art of War rare original antique print. 17th century copperplate engraving by A.M. Mallet published, Paris c.1683 (later colour).

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 sargento-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”.

This wonderful little engraving is mounted between 'antique white' conservation ragmat, and covered with cellophane for presentation and protection until framed. Page size is 175 x 125mm (7 x 5 inches). Barely discernable extension of left side of this page (Less $30 without mount. Please email for price adjustment.)

Stock Number: apAMM.fencPrice: $195.00