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Danielle Skjelver




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PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar, 2011 5:41 am    Post subject: Curious 17th Century Military Sketchbook         Reply with quote

Hello Everyone,

I stumbled across a sketchbook and thought I would share it.

http://lccn.loc.gov/50032645

The webmaster of this site was kind enough to send me the entire pdf. http://www.allworldwars.com/Italian-Renaissan...art-I.html

I later tracked it down at the Library of Congress link above.

It appears to be anonymous except for Jorouna/Jouona at the bottom of this charming front page. Happy

The work came from the Lessing Rosenwald Collection at the US Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/rosenwald-16cen17cen.html

Danielle



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Danielle Skjelver




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PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar, 2011 5:56 am    Post subject: Another Image         Reply with quote

The language is not Latin, but it's a dialect of Italian that is extremely close.

I will post one more image after this.

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Danielle Skjelver




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PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar, 2011 6:00 am    Post subject: A Third Image         Reply with quote

This image appears to illustrate the proper manner for securing what appears to be a base for a wooden war machine.

There are scores of such images in the Library of Congress Link. Here is it again: http://lccn.loc.gov/50032645

Danielle



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Stands dreaming on the verge of strife,
Magnificently unprepared
For the long littleness of life."
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Allen Foster





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PostPosted: Tue 29 Mar, 2011 3:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The sketchbook illustrates almost every conceivable device and machine used in the seventeenth century (1624) for constructing forts. This is a valuable resource for understanding how things were built and how obstacles were overcome using machines. I would love to see a translation of this manuscript into modern English. Thanks for sharing it.
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Joel Minturn





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PostPosted: Tue 29 Mar, 2011 7:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing. That note book is just full of all sorts of intersting drawings.

Some of my favorites was the door breaching charges. proving there is nothing new under the sun.

And the techniques for drestroying or rendering cannons unusable. Turning the two cannons on each other. Classic.

There really was too much in there to comment on. IT was great.
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Danielle Skjelver




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PostPosted: Sat 02 Apr, 2011 4:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It is a rich source, isn't it? That would be an excellent dissertation project for someone.

Danielle

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Stands dreaming on the verge of strife,
Magnificently unprepared
For the long littleness of life."
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