1 DAS HEERESGESCHICHTLICHE MUSEUM IN WIEN. GRAZ, Böhlau, 1960.
Crown 4to. Pp. 63 text. Plus 4 colour plates, and 48 halftone plates, printed on different paper, bound in. Original card wrappers with integral illustrated dust-jacket. Very good condition. (Colour art card from the Museum’s collection is stapled to inside of cover, another one is loosely inserted.)
€ 15 --
2 ASQUITH, Stuart. Military Modelling: Guide to Siege Wargaming. Hertfordshire, Argus, 1990.
AS NEW. Octavo. Pp. 127, (1) publisher’s ad. Illustrated throughout. Appendices, bibliography, index. Original pictorial wrappers. In a fresh-new condition. Excellent.
- - First edition. ISBN:#1854860097 ISBN:#1 85486 009 7
€ 75 --
3 BEAUFORT-SPONTIN, Christian. Harnisch und Waffe Europas: Die militärische Ausrüstung im 17. Jahrhundert. München, Klinkhardt & Biermann, 1982.
Royal 8vo. Pp. 167. Profusely illustrated with 80 halftones, many of which full-page. Colour plates. Notes, glossary, bibliography. Printed on fine paper. Hardcover, original crimson cloth, lettered in gilt, with pictorial dust-jacket. Both dust-jacket and book are in new condition. Excellent, unused copy.
€ 36 --
4 BISHOP, M. C. and J. C. N. Coulston. Roman Military Equipment from the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome. London, Batsford, 1993.
Royal octavo. Pp. 256. Plus a suite of colour plates. Line illustrations throughout. Appendix, notes, bibliography, index. Hardcover, bound in the original publisher’s red cloth, spine gilt, with dust-jacket. In a very fine, fresh-new condition.
- - First edition.
€ 60 --
5 BLAIR, Claude. European Armour, Circa 1066 to Circa 1700. London, Batsford, 1972.
8vo. Pp. 248. Frontispiece. With 66 halftone illustrations, printed on different paper, bound in, and numerous line-drawn illustrations on a set of plates. Footnotes, bibliography, references, index. Hardcover, original pale grey cloth, spine gilt, with pictorial dust-jacket (chip to top edge of back panel). In fine condition. Excellent copy.
€ 68 --
6 BURGKMAIR, Hans. Turnier-Buch. Dortmund, Harenberg, 1978.
Small 8vo. Pp. 89, (4) publisher’s catalogue. With 55 colour plates. Epilogue, bibliography. Original blue limp boards with mounted colour plate (very lightly stained). In fine, fresh-new condition. Bright copy.
Lovely facsimile reprint of the Frankfurt 1853 edition.
€ 25 --
7 CAPDEVIELLE, Lieutenant-colonel Jean Joseph Julien. L’Armement et le tir de l’infanterie. Avec Atlas. Paris, Librairie Militaire J. Dumaine, 1872.
Two volumes. Quarto. Text Volume (on CD): Pp. 507; Atlas Volume: 68 (of 78) engraved plates, numbered I-LXXVIII, (9pp.). With 7 tables. Lacks 6 leaves (with 10 plates); one leaf loose. Atlas volume is hardcover, bound in contemporary quarter morocco and pebbled cloth, spine gilt. In a very good condition (binding bit worn at extremities). Text volume is scanned from the original and provided herewith on a CD.
- - Capdevielle’s (1826-1876) work opens with a study of theoretical, practical, and experimental trajectory. The majority of the book is dedicated to the study of infantry weapons. The armament of France is compared with these of foreign powers, namely Russia, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy. The beautifully illustrated plates follow this logic in remarkable detail. Here, weapons and ammunition are dissected to show the smallest of parts in clear detail. The plates’ visual charm is equally unparalleled. Very rare. OCLC 79197289 does not locate a single copy worldwide, only a microform, at the European Register of Microform Masters, Göttingen. KVK locates one copy only, at Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
€ 680 --
8 DYPOB, B. A. Russian Awards Weapon, XVIII - Early XXth C. (Pycckoe Haspadhoe Opyckue). Moscow, “Tok”, 1994.
Quarto. Pp. 199. Colour frontispiece. Profusely illustrated throughout. Many full- or double page plates. Hardcover, bound in the original publisher’s gilt decorated boards, with dust-jacket (this near fine), manuscript dedication on first free endpaper. Book is in fine condition. Excellent copy.
- - First edition. The first monograph on the history of the Russian award weapons. Includes the history of weapon awards in the Cossack troops. With a survey of the history of weapon awards since October 1917. Beautifully illustrated. In Russian, with a summary in English.
€ 120 --
9 FEUGERE, Michel. Les armes des Romains de la République à l’Antiquité tardive. Paris, Errance, 1993.
Royal octavo. Pp. 287. Beautifully illustrated throughout. Original stiff wrappers. A BRAND NEW copy.
- - First edition. Table des matières: Avant-propos, Introduction; 1. Les conceptions militaires de l’Antiquité; 2. Le soldat romains depuis l’Antiquité. Les sources; 3. Les structures de l’armée; 4. Equipement et armement républicains; 5. L’armement défensif du Haut-Empire; 6. L’armement offensif du Haut-Empire; 7. La cavalerie; 8. L’artillerie; 9. L’équipement du fantassin; 10. L’Antiquité tardive; 11. Armée et société à Rome; Eléments de chronologie, Glossaire, Bibliographie.
€ 120 --
10 GARBSCH, Jochen. Römische Paraderüstungen. München, C. H. Beck, 1978.
Quarto. Pp. 100. Plus 48 plates on fine paper. With map and text illustrations. Original pictorial stiff wrappers. In fine condition.
- - Katalog der Ausstellung Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg & Prähistorische Staatssammlung München, 1978-1979
€ 16 --
11 (GAZETTE DES ARMES). GAZETTE DES ARMES. REVUE MENSUELLE. NOS 67-77. JANVIER - DÉCEMBRE 1979. [11 ISSUES. COMPLETE]. PARIS, Argout-Editions, 1979.
Quarto. All 11 issues of the year 1979 including one double issue. Complete. Ca. 55 pages per issue. Profusely illustrated throughout. Numerous essays and articles. Colour plates. Hardcover, bound in full red cloth, gilt lettering, retaining the original pictorial wrappers of each issue. In NEW condition. Superb copy.
- - First edition.
€ 120 --
12 (GAZETTE DES ARMES). GAZETTE DES ARMES. REVUE MENSUELLE. NOS 78-88. JANVIER - DÉCEMBRE 1980. [11 ISSUES. COMPLETE]. PARIS, Argout-Editions, 1980.
Quarto. All 11 issues of the year 1980 including one double issue. Complete. Ca. 55 pages per issue. Profusely illustrated throughout. Numerous essays and articles. Colour plates. Hardcover, bound in full red cloth, gilt lettering, retaining the original pictorial wrappers of each issue. In NEW condition. Superb copy.
- - First edition.
€ 120 --
13 GHEYN, Jacob de, J. B. Kist. Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Spiessen. AND: Jacob de Gheyn: The Exercise of Armes. A Commentary. Lochem, De Tijdstroom, 1971.
Folio. Album containing 117 full-page plates, printed on recto only, divided into 3 sections with preceding unpaginated text leaves, as follows: (6), 42 plates; (4), 43 plates; (6), 32 plates. Printed on fine, 100 percent rug paper. Plus: a 47-page commentary supplement in English, profusely illustrated throughout, annotated, with a bibliography, folio bound in original illustrated card wrappers. Hardcover, original burgundy cloth, spine gilt, with dust-jacket (this very good). In fine condition. An excellent set, rather fresh and bright.
Reprint of the 1607 edition, after an original in the archives of the Dutch General Staff. Jacob de Gheyn’s “The Exercise of Armes”, first published in 1607, is one of the best known military manual of the period. The fine engravings illustrate a practical manual for the exercise of arms, specifically musket and pike drill. The manual was intended as a training guide for the use of officers. Despite the repetitious nature of the subjects, the drawings are full of life and movement and include fine costume detail, hence their untimely charm. The excellent commentary booklet is written in English by J. Bas Kist, military historian in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. In his highly innovative text he traces the origins of de Gheyn’s work and explores its influence. Also included is the 17th century English translation of de Gheyn’s original text, and a bibliography of 16th and 17th century military literature. This copy is a Presentation Copy, presented by Bas Kist to the noted militaria collector, A. C. Paardekooper, with a hand-written dedication: “Als een bewijs van hoogachting voor mijn vaderlijke vriend.” ISBN:#9060872711 ISBN:#070162379
€ 225 --
14 JUNKELMANN, Marcus. Die Legionen des Augustus. Der römische Soldat im archäologischen Experiment. (Kulturgeschichte der antiken Welt, 33) Mainz am Rhein, Philipp von Zabern, 1986.
BRAND NEW. Royal octavo. Pp. 313. Plus 80 plates with 31 colour and 126 black & white illustrations. With 24 text illustrations. Glossary, bibliography, index. Pictorial endpapers. Hardcover, bound in the original publisher’s pictorial boards. Beautiful, brand new copy, not yet traded.
€ 80 --
15 JUNKELMANN, Marcus. Panis militaris. Die Ernährung des römischen Soldaten oder der Grundstoff der Macht. (Kulturgeschichte der antiken Welt, 75) Mainz am Rhein, Philipp von Zabern, 1997.
BRAND NEW. Royal octavo. Pp. 254. Plus 19 colour plates with 33 illustrations. With 10 colour and 84 black & white illustrations. Bibliography, index. Pictorial endpapers. Hardcover, bound in the original publisher’s burgundy cloth, with pictorial dust-jacket. Beautiful, brand new copy, not yet traded.
€ 70 --
16 KOCH, H. W., Frederik Wilkinson, Patrick Nicolle. Over Hellebaarden, donderbussen en huurlingen. Het krijgsbedrijf in de middeleeuwen. AND: Wapens en harnassen. AND: A Book of Armour. [LOT OF 3 BOOKS]. Amsterdam/Brussel, Elsevier, 1986. Helmond, Helmond, 1975. Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1954.
Lot of 3 books: Quarto. Pp. 259. Profusely illustrated throughout with numerous colour and monochromatic plates; text illustrations. Hardcover with dust-jacket. In a very good condition (inner hinges strengthened.) AND: Crown quarto. Pp. 48. Profusely illustrated in colour throughout. Hardcover, pictorial boards. In a fresh, brand new condition. AND: Oblong octavo. Unpaginated (31). illustrated. Original illustrated wrappers. In a very good condition.
- - A collection of 3 books on armour and weaponry at the age of chivalry. Nicely illustrated.
€ 16 --
17 LENSELINK, J. Vuurwapens, van 1840 tot heden. Bussum, Dishoeck, 1966.
Octavo. Pp. 120. Plus extra suites of halftone photo plates, printed on different paper, bound in. Line-drawn illustrations. Bibliography, index. Original pictorial limp boards. In fine condition.
€ 17 --
18 LEPAGE, Jean-Denis G. G. Medieval Armies and Weapons in Western Europe: An Illustrated History. Jefferson, McFarland, 2005.
BRAND NEW. Virgin copy, not yet traded. Quarto. Pp. 280. Profusely illustrated throughout. Index. Set in double columns. Hardcover.
- - First edition. ISBN 0786417722 ISBN 0 7864 1772 2
€ 45 --
19 MARTIN, Paul. Armour and Weapons. London, Jenkins, 1968.
Crown quarto. Pp. 298. Profusely illustrated throughout with numerous (helio)gravure and colour plates, as well as text illustrations, many of which are full- or double-page. Bibliography, index. Hardcover, original buckram, spine dye stamped, with pictorial dust-jacket (this very good; small sticker to head of spine panel). Book is in a fresh-new condition. Excellent copy, superbly preserved.
First edition in English. Much effort has been invested in the production of this impressive classic. The beautiful gravures are of exceptionally high quality.
€ 115 --
20 MARTIN, Paul. Waffen und Rüstungen: Von Karl dem Großen [Grossen] bis zu Ludwig XIV. Fribourg, Office du Livre, 1967.
Crown 4to. Pp. 296. Profusely illustrated throughout with numerous (helio)gravure and colour plates, as well as text illustrations, many of which are full- or double-page. Bibliography, index. Hardcover, original pictorial boards. In a fresh-new condition. Excellent copy, superbly preserved.
First edition in German, written by the Author himself. Much effort has been invested in the production of this impressive classic. The beautiful gravures are of exceptionally high quality.
€ 120 --
21 MASTERS, D. A. The House of Churchill. [SIGNED LIMITED EDITION]. Long Beach, Safari, 2002.
BRAND NEW. Quarto. Pp. xvi, 531. Plus a 32-page suite of colour supplement bound-in. Illustrated throughout. With 10 appendices, bibliography, index. Printed on high quality paper. Hardcover, gilt decorated cloth with dust-jacket. A most beautiful, brand new copy!
- - First edition. Printed by Safari in a Signed Limited Edition of 500 copies, this is copy number 55, Signed. A review copy with the publisher’s stamp to this effect. ISBN:#157157137X ISBN:#1 57157 137 X
€ 200 --
22 MOLLO, Eugene. Russian Military Swords, 1801-1917. London, Historical Research Unit, 1969.
Square royal octavo. Pp. (iii), 56. Illustrated throughout with colour lithographs and monochromatic photographs and line-drawn illustrations. Hardcover, bound in the original publisher’s leaf green cloth, spine gilt, with dust-jacket (this very good). Book is in fine condition.
- - First edition.
€ 80 --
23 NOBILI, Marco. Fine European Gunmakers: Best Continental European Gunmakers & Engravers. Long Beach, Safari, 2002.
BRAND NEW. Virgin copy, not yet traded. Oblong 8vo. Pp. 301. With hundreds of fine colour plates, mostly full-page. Hardcover, cloth with dust-jacket.
€ 85 --
24 NOBILI, Marco. Fine European Gunmakers: Best Continental European Gunmakers & Engravers. Long Beach, Safari, 2002.
BRAND NEW. Oblong 8vo. Pp. 301. With hundreds of fine colour plates, mostly full-page. Hardcover, cloth with dust-jacket. Review copy with a publisher’s stamp to this effect. Unused.
€ 70 --
25 NORTH, Anthony. Schwerter. [Victoria & Albert Museum]. Bern, Haupt, 1982.
Crown 4to. Pp. 48. Profusely illustrated with numerous halftone and colour plates, many of which are full-page. Hardcover, original pictorial boards. In a fresh-new condition.
First German edition.
€ 25 --
26 PUYPE, J. P., R. Roth, H. L. Blackmore, A. Hoff, M. N. Larchenko, H. L. Visser, D. W. Bailey. The Visser Collection: Arms of the Netherlands in the Collection of H. L. Visser. Volume I: Catalogue of Firearms, Swords and Related Objects, I-III. Part I: Catalogue Numbers 1-243; Part II: Catalogue Numbers 244-295; Part III: Catalogue Numbers 496-758. Volume II: Ordnance: Cannon, Mortars, Swivel-Guns, Muzzle- and Breech-Loaders. Volume III: Dutch Guns in Russia: In the Moscow Kremlin Armoury, Moscow Historical Museum, Hermitage St Petersburg, Gatchina Palace Museum. Volume IV: Aspects of Dutch making. [SIX VOLUMES]. Zwolle, Waanders, 1996-97.
Four volumes bound in six. Quarto. Pp. 685; 753; 735; 248; 448; 472. Includes the Errata and Corrigenda leaf; the illustrated Addendum to Catalogues 480; and the illustrated Addendum to Catalogue 753. Profusely illustrated throughout. Hardcover, uniformly bound in the original publisher’s full blue cloth, gilt, with pictorial dust-jackets. A wonderful set in superb condition, practically new.
- - First edition. Complete set. A remarkable enterprise of the highest quality, bringing in print the entire collection. The Visser collection of arms made in the 17th and 18th centuries in the Netherlands is comprehensive and world famous. Parts of it have been exhibited in the Kremlin in Moscow and at the Tower of London. Its strength lies in the first-rate quality of the pieces and the many rare and unique items. Apart from the technical and historical aspects, Mr. Visser has always been interested in the artistic value of the collection, for example the extraordinary carving, the spectacularly worked ivory gun stocks and intricate inlays. The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam has succeeded in acquiring approximately 300 outstanding items from the Visser collection of 17th-century arms. An extensive selection from this remarkable acquisition was on display in the museum in 2002. Scarce. ISBN 9040098816 9040098824 9040098832 9040098840
€ 1800 --
27 REITZENSTEIN, Alexander von. Rittertum und Ritterschaft. München, Prestel, 1972.
Square octavo. Pp. 144. Profusely illustrated throughout with numerous halftone and colour plates, as well as text illustrations, many of which are full- or double-page. Hardcover, original pictorial boards. In fine condition.
€ 17 --
28 SEIFERT, Gerhard. Schwert, Degen, Säbel. Die Erscheinungsformen der langen Griffwaffen Europas für den Sammler und Liebhaber als Grundriß dargestelt. 93 Bilder mit deutsch-englisch-französischen Texten. Hamburg, Schulz, 1962.
Royal octavo. Pp. 79. Profusely illustrated throughout. Hardcover, original grey cloth, illustration embossed in black, with dust-jacket. In fine condition. Excellent copy.
First edition. An excellent study of European long swords and sabres. All illustrations explained in German, English, and French. With original illustrated Publisher’s publicity material for this title, loosely inserted.
€ 95 --
29 SURIREY DE SAINT RÉMY, [Pierre]. Memoires d’Artillerie. Seconde edition, Augmentée de nouvelles matieres & de plusieurs planches. Volumes I-II. Paris, Rigaud, 1707.
Two volumes. With a total of 217 copperplate engravings, including some tables. Crown quarto. Volume I: Pp. (iv blanks), (x), (xxix), (xi), 394, (4 blanks). Plus 121 full-page engraved plates and some tables, many of which are folding, numbered 1-121. Plus 5 extra such plates and tables which are not called-for in the list. With a superb full-page engraved frontispiece-plate; elaborate heraldic title-device; 3 large handsome head- and tail-pieces (each is a small plate in itself); 2 large illustrated copperplate initials. Volume II: Pp. (ii blanks), (vi), 423, (3 blanks). Plus 73 of (74) full-page engraved plates and some tables, many of which are folding, numbered 122-194, the last unnumbered. Plus 2 extra such tables, not called-for in the list. With the elaborate heraldic title-device, repeating vol. I; 5 large, handsome head- and tail-pieces (each a small plate in itself); 3 large illustrated copperplate initials. Both volumes with some decorative head- and tail-pieces, numerous tables, some illustrations to the text, side-notes. Plate 103 bound next to p. 235 instead of p. 335; one plate removed. Chip to lower corner of one plate with no loss, some of the oversized plates have frayed, browned edges and old repairs on verso, small tears. Hardcover, contemporary full polished calf, richly gilt ornate spines in 6 compartments, wide raised bands, 2 crimson morocco labels lettered and decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges; cracks at foot of spines, some imperfections to leather. In a very good condition (occasional spot, dampmark to top margin of few leaves). A very handsome set.
- - Second edition of the first professional treatise on artillery. This famous work, “an amazingly thorough and detailed work by which all later writers have had to measure their own contributions... a Complete Art which has never been bettered” (Breman), is organized in four parts: I. The arm, as a unique military discipline; II. Ordnance and its carriage; III. Manufacture of guns, cannons, and mortars; IV. Arsenal and artillery park. Attention is given to general military order and the duties of men and officers. Furthermore, a large, comprehensive dictionary of artillery terms is included. The second edition contains more plates and illustrations than the first edition. There is also the addition of a 30-page report (plus extra 30-page related Avertissement) on the new royal edicts and proclamation, with the August 1703 charter for the reorganisation of the arm’s structure included. Nowadays the most renowned feature of this work is probably the splendid set of copperplate engravings picturing the manufacture of artillery weapons. The original drawings were made by Edme Fourier, the engravings by Pierre le Pautre. First published in 1697, the Second Edition has the same wonderful clarity of purpose and style, and remains an exceptional source of reliable information. The third and last edition, published in 1745 in Paris, lacks all this. Editor Le Blond was unable to rewrite the whole work and bring it up to date as he so wished to do. Instead, he was only permitted to add several reports and articles, tailoring a work that has consequently become a confused encyclopedia, lacking the refined approach of the previous editions. Also the plates are inferior to those of the two earlier editions. (Jähns 1231, is wrong in saying that the 2nd edition was edited by Le Blond. Only the 3rd edition was.) A pirated version of the first edition appeared in 1702 in Amsterdam. Another Dutch pirated version, this time of the second edition, was published in 1741 in The Hague. [See also: Paul Breman: “One Hundred Books on Military Architecture and Artillery” (London, 1999).] Exceedingly scarce edition of a classic work on artillery. OCLC lists just 4 copies worldwide (Smithsonian Institution, Institut Nat Polytechnique Grenoble, University Joseph Fourier, Staats und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen).
€ 1700 --
30 TRAPP, Oswald Graf. Translated, with a Preface, by james Gow Mann. The Armoury of the Castle of Churburg. London, Methuen, 1929.
Royal quarto. Pp. xlvi, 324. Frontispiece. Plus 72 fine collotype plates printed on different paper bound in. With 22 text figures. Preface, foreword, historical introduction. Footnotes, appendix, index. Errata slip tipped-in. Hardcover, original orange cloth with black-embossed lettering, spine gilt. Top edge gilt. In a very good condition. (Small unobtrusive institutional stamp to title-page; spine faded, boards bit discoloured; brown patch to front endpapers.) Handsome, clean copy, very well preserved.
First English edition. A numbered copy from a limited edition of 400. The plates in this edition are printed in collotype, one of the most accurate and attractive methods of photomechanical tonal printing processes. Highly skilled and expensive process, it cannot produce more than a limited number of impressions. It has been used for single-sheet prints and luxury portfolios, and since the 1950s has been abandoned by all except a few small specialist firms.
€ 1150 --
31 WILLE, Carl Richard. Mechanische Zeitzünder. Mit 115 Bildern im Text und auf Tafel. Berlin, Eisenschmidt, 1911.
Royal octavo. Pp. vi, 122, 33, (1) publisher’s ad. Plus large folding plate with 11 lithograph illustrations. With over 100 letterpress mechanical illustrations to the text. Charts, footnotes, appendix. Handsome letterpress publisher’s device to verso of title. Set in Gothic type. Hardcover, contemporary cloth-backed boards with original printed cover laid down, shelf labels to spine. In fine condition (old institutional stamps and marks). Overall an excellent copy.
- - First edition. Very rare. Not a single copy worldwide in OCLC. KVK lists only 2 copies, one in the British Library; one in the National Library of France. No record in the Complete Catalogue of Die Deutsche Bibliothek.
€ 500 --