Introduction à la fortification, Nicolas Fer
The book „Introduction à la fortification“, written by Nicolas de Fer (1646 – 1720) and published 1695 in Paris contains different examples of fortifications in the cities of France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The cover is made out of thick carton that is covered in brown leather, which is slowly starting to fall off. The inside of the carton are covered in papers with red and blue colored patterns. The book is labeled with a stamp of the „Stadtbibliothek Zürich“ on the leather cover and the first page.
The title of the book is printed on the second page and surrounded by war drawings, which contain boats and soldiers on horses in battle. It’s followed by a list of the different geometric shapes and a definition of the lines and figures that compose a fortificat on the next page. The rest of book contains mostly illustrations of the different fortifications, some of them have a short explaining texts. The second last page is filled with the table of contents and the last one contains a „table geografique“. The book consists 198 pages and 196 illustrations and is organized according to the countries the fortificats are located. The books with mesure is 370mm, the hight 260mm and the depth 50mm, so the book is categorized as Folio and is written in french.