The book „La nouvelle manière de fortifier les places“ is written by Francois Blondel. He wasn’t only an architect, he also was a soldier, a mathematician and engineer. For that reason he new a lot about how to build military relevant buildings. In the 17. Century, Francois Blondel was also very famous for his texts. He was an architectural theorist and held lectures in Paris, to present his new way of building. As the title already mentions, Blondel started a revolution in building architectural places. When publishing the book in 1688, Blondel presented these new concepts to the publicity. But the new way of building was addressed especially the the king of France. In the book „Nouvelle manure de fortifier les places“ especially military relevant buildings were mentioned. At that time, these buildings had a very high priority.
The book itself is quite small but worked out really beautifully, almost like the book was also a piece of architecture Blondel created to represent himself. The last pages of the book contain different illustrations, folded several times, to fit into the book.