BookSARDI, Pietro. The most important work on artillery, L'Artiglieria di Pietro Sardi Romano divisa in tre Libri. Nel Primo dei quali si discorre sopra la Machine Antiche.Nel secondo, si tratta, che cosa sia Artiglieria,.Nel terzo Libro si tratta con soma faculita et ordine chiaro dell'Uso di tale Ar. Venetia: Printed by Giouanni Guerrigli, 1621. Vellum. Folio. 142 pages, 9 engraved plates and 18 large engravings (from full- page to half-page) in text. First edition of perhaps the most important work on artillery from the 17th century by military scientist Pietro Sardi, the leading expert in the 1600s. The “Artiglieria” contains detailed descriptions of land- and navel-artillery, cannon and gun barrel production, saltpeter and gunpowder, ballistics, and related topics. It was highly influential work that occupies an absolute central place within the history of military science. Sardi’s research was translated into English as early as 1670, in London; and we know from Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli, the author of the best treatise on the 17th and 18th century Ottoman military, that Sardi's book was also available for the Ottoman authorities in translation and that they did use it. This edition has a special provenance denoting the books influence and power—it comes from the library of the Danish King Christian V, with his book-plate and signature. In very good condition. Minimal foxing on covers, dampstaining in upper inner corners and lower right corner, three small stamps. Bookplate as well of Francus de Frankenau, an attendant to King Christian V. Binding tight and text clean.