Week 44

De re militari

Robertus Valturius: De re militari (On military matters), printed in Verona by Johannes Nicolai de Verona 1472. Valturius was an Italien military officer of the time, and his book is not only the first edition of the first up-to-date work on military arts in modern times, but also the first book with illustrations of a technical subject. Often military books present depictions of contemporary technology, and these pictures of military machinery provide an instructive contribution to the history of technology.
Department of Manuscripts & Rare Books, Ink. Nr. 4083 folio.