Le bombardier François. Ou nouvelle methode de jetter les bombes avec precision. Paris: de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1731.
4to. [vi], xli, , 366 pp. Engraved frontispiece plus 8 folding engraved plates showing mortars, rockets, explosive charges, fireworks, etc., text tables. Contemporary calf, gilt paneled spine, rebacked, spine label; a wonderful copy with a "presented by" signature of Lt. Col. T. Sutton dated January, 1945. $750.00
First edition. An essential work for use in combat, containing systematic firing tables. The author explains his methods of setting trajectories based upon the type of projectile being used, as well as the makeup of the hardware used to shoot the projectiles. The exquisite illustrations show the different type of canon, bullets and mortars, loading material, and additional swagger that can be used.
Belidor (1697-1761) was a native of Catalonia, whose life mingled the scientific with the military. He worked on the survey of the meridian from Paris to the English Channel under Cassini and de la Hire before taking the appointment as professor of mathematics at the new artillery school at La Fere. The book that established his reputation was Nouveau cours de mathématique, followed by the present work. He is best known, however, for his important treatises entitled La science des ingénieurs (1729) and Architecture hydraulique (1737-1739), the contents of which proved to be invaluable to architects, builders and engineers.