Fl. Vegetii Renati viri illustris De re militari libri quatuor. Sexti Julii Frontini viri consularis De stragematis libri totidem. Aeliani De instruendis aciebus liber unus. Modesti De vocabulis rei militaris liber item unus. Item picturae bellicae CXX. passim Vegetio adiectae. Collata sunt omnia ad antiquos codices, maxime Budaei quod testabitur Aelianus

Autore: VEGETIUS RENATUS, Flavius (ca. 383-450)-FRONTINUS, Sextus Iulius (ca. 30-114)-AELIANUS Tacticus (fl. 1st-2nd cent.)-MODESTUS (fl. 3rd cent.)

Tipografo: Christian Wechel

Dati tipografici: Paris, 1535


Folio (337x216 mm). [8], 279, [1] pp. With 123 woodcut illustrations in text, 120 of which are full-page. Printer's device on title page and last leaf verso. Collation: a4 A-Y6 Z8. Later vellum-backed cardboards, label with inked title on spine. Slightly uniformly browned. A good copy.

A BEAUTIFUL, PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED EDITION, a reprint of the first Christian Wechel edition which appeared in 1532 (overall this is the third Wechel edition). The volume gathers texts of the most important military writers of the late Roman Empire who were widely read during the Renaissance.

The illustrations, which depict war machines, catapults, mines, cannons, and the two famous proto-divers, are taken from those used in the edition printed in Augsburg in 1529 by Heinrich Steiner, these having in turn been freely copied from the Erfurt edition issued by Hans Knappe in 1511.

Adams, V-334; BMSTC French, p. 436; Mortimer, 486 (1st edition).