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    Joseph Furttenbach's Compendium of
    the Mathematical Arts

    Joseph Furttenbach [Furtenbach] the Elder. Mannhaffter Kunst-Spiegel Oder Allerhand Mathematisch- und Mechanisch- hochnutzlich-sowol auch sehr erfreuliche Delectationes, und respective im Werck selbsten experimentirte Freye-Künste: Welche in folgende 16. unterschidliche Acten abgetheilt auch mit schönen gantz neuen Inventionen gar flarlich vorgebildet werden/nemblichen: Die Arithmetica. Geometria. Planimetria. Geographia. Astronomia. Navigatio. Prospectiva. Mechanica. Grottenwerck. Wasser-Laitungen. Feurwerck. Büchsenmeisterey. Architectura Militaris. Architectura Civilis. Architectura Navalis. Architectura Insulata. Auß Selbst-eigener Erfahrung getreulich beschriben und mit 33. der Natur- gemassen Kupffer-Stucken geziert. Allen Liebhabern der Mechanischen Kunsten und Wissenschaften sehr nutz- und dienlich. Ulm [Augsburg?]: [Hans Schultes the Younger?] for Joseph Furttenbach, 1663. First Edition. Folio. Π3, o(6, 2)o(4, A-2A6, 2B2. [Lacks? Π1 portrait] [26], 292 pages. 3-4Π in red and black, Thirty-three folding etched plates (numbered 1-32 -- plate 11 has two folding illustrations one numbered 11 ½ ); presumably lacks the frontispiece portrait, as often is the case in the other issue. Eighteenth century sheep, spine badly worn, ends chipped, joints cracked, cords intact, letterpress and additional titles foxed and damp stained, small piece torn from lower blank inner corner of last leaves, stain in center of first plate, some other minor stains. Although the binding is in poor condition, this volume is a wonderful candidate to be rebound. Our copy has a cancel title-page with Ulm instead of Augsburg as the place of publication. It is apparently a rare variant and not listed in the VD 17 and only one other copy located in KVK in a German institution [SWB]. As our issue is virtually uncatalogued, we do not know if the portrait was ever issued with this edition or, equally, the occasionally reported leaf of corrections. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Furttenbach (1591-1667), born in Ulm, studied military architecture and engineering in Italy. Returning to Ulm, he had various high positions in the government especially in military fortifications of the city during the 30 Years War. He was a mathematician, chemist, businessman, builder of ships, bridges, and organs. He wrote numerous treatises on fireworks, military architecture, mathematics, ship building, theatre design etc.

    [This work is] "A German compendium of the mathematical arts, with a strong emphasis on practical and mechanical matters. Furtenbach published texts on many individual topics, especially on various aspects of architecture, from civil to military to 'universal architecture'. In this larger work he referred back constantly to his prior publications, treating his text as a summation and synthesis of his earlier concerns. The arts of war figure prominently, through the discussion not just of fortresses on land but also of the fortification of islands. Furtenbach also considers naval architecture, gunnery and 'fireworks', in addition to many other mathematical arts such as astronomy, geography, perspective and navigation." [The Geometry of War 1500-1750, on-line catalogue of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.]

    Augsburg Imprint: VD17 3:312568C . BL 17th German FF1373. Wellcome II, 77. Houzeau/Lancaster 9312. Berlin Cat. 1779. Philip, Fireworks, F130.5. Cockle 692 note. Not in Millard, or Fowler. 

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