Adam Freitag: Architectura militaris nova et aucta
In this book, or rather in these books, as there are 3 in total, Adam Freitag writes about fortification of a city or building. The polish author loves mathematics and it really shows. He calculated every single angle to ensure total safety for a city’s habitants. For example, he concluded, that a wall surrounding a city should have the shape of a star in order to be best prepared for a possible attack from outside. He explains his research in a total of 194 pages containing text and illustrations. The book is combined of 3 individual books, as mentioned before, each one includes betweenand 16 to 20 chapters. A total of 58 illustrations and drawings help to understand his conclusions.
The dimention of this book is 320 x 200 x 50 mm, which is considered size “Folio”.
In conclusion, I was very impressed by how well it had aged over the course of its 400 years and I hadn’t really thought about its weight before. It was heavy indeed.