on argument 34
I find this book quite similar to the book I read, which was “La militare architettura, overo fortificatione moderna, cauata dall’esperienza, e da varie maniere più pratticabili” by Pietro Ruggiero. It focuses on the same topic which is the architecture of military fortifications, but was written in Italian instead of German. It was written in around the same time as well, with Ruggiero book being written in 1661 and Alexanders in 1665. This being the case they would of course largely focus on the same type of baroque fortifications which were, largely thanks to advances in artillery technology the standard at the time. The book I read also largely focuses on arithmetics and contains many tables and diagrams, but in contrast to yours also features a couple of illustrations.
on argument 64
The reason I initially stumbled onto this post was that the name of the author was similar to the name of the author of the book I read, which was “La militare architettura, overo fortificatione moderna, cauata dall’esperienza, e da varie maniere più pratticabili” by Pietro Ruggiero. While this might have been purely coincidental, the books themselves are actually quite comparable too. They are both written in Italian and in a similar time period, mine first published in 1661, this one in 1687. But while the book I read focuses on military architecture, this one focuses on civil architecture of the time. While the book on military architecture focuses heavily on the arithmetics and geometry required to build a functioning fortification and thus contains more diagrams and tables in it, the book on civil architecture contains more drawings and focuses more on the aesthetic aspects such as facades and ornaments.