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Busteter, Hans.  Ernstlicher Bericht, wie sich ain Frum[m]e Oberkayt Vor, In, und Nach den gefärlichsten Kriegssnöten mit klugem vortayl zu ungezweyfletem Sig loblichen üben un[d] halten sol an ain Fürnämen, Ersamen und Wysen Burgermayster und Radt des Heyligen Rychs Stat Augspurg. [colophon: Augspurg: Hainrichen Stayner], 1532. 4to (19.5 cm; 7.75"). [4], 26 ff.
$4,200.00

Only edition of an important early and practical military manual that Lienhart Fronsperger felt merited inclusion in his Kriegssbuch (Franckfurt am Mayn, 1573). The threat to Germany from the aggressive advance of the Turkish empire was the precipitating cause for Busteter to compose his German-language treatise on the practical aspects of warfare: mustering, payments, siege, attack, defense, treason, logistics, diplomacy, and so on. The work is addressed to the authorities of Augsburg.
        The text is in fraktur and the title-page is illustrated with => a large woodcut of four foot soldiers and a drummer in a forest.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
        Searches of WoldCat, NUC, and COPAC locate only one copy in the U.S. (Newberry Library) and one in Britain (British Library).

VD16 B9990; Index Aurel. 128.290; Hohenemser 1423. Modern boards with vellum (or vellum-like) covering. Partially uncut copy. Light staining or smudging in some margins; a few marginal jottings in old ink. => A rather nice copy.  (37837)   Please RESHELVE This.


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