[Scola Militaris Exercitationis]. Scola Militaris Exercitationis. Das ist ein Schül darinnen die Angehende Soldaten zu Fuß sonderlich aber die Musquettierer auch andere gemeine Schützen, unnd Doppelsöldner, auff die Newe und jetzundt ubliche weiß, gemunstert, hernacher gelehret und underricht werden [...].

Cologne, Wilhelm Lützenkirchen, 1619.

4to. 48 (instead of 52) pp. With numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations in the text. Modern blue cloth.

 350.00

Anonymous German military manual, "written by a devotee of the art of warfare". The work is "an attempt at an infantry drill-book, in barbaric German and with extremely poor illustrations, often near-incomprehensible. The main issue throughout is shooting, in ranks and files, ahead, sideways, and backwards. It appears noteworthy that this includes the service directions for the 'carbines', that is to say, the mounted marksmen, who are obviously comprehended as a type of infantry on horseback, distinct from the cavalry" (Jähns II, 1045).

Lacking 2 preliminary leaves (A3-4). Some browning throughout. From the library of the Prussian officer and civil servant in the German war ministry, Hans Sterzel (Berlin), with his early 20th century bookplate and ink stamps. Later the collection of Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe (1862-1956), commander of the Territorial Army and president of the Society for Army History Research.

VD 17, 14:687493E. Jähns II, 1044f.

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