Enlarged edition of Frezier's influential fireworks manual, 1747, with 13 plates
Amédée-François Frezier. Traité des feux d'artifice pour le spectacle. Nouvelle edition, toute changée, & considérablement augmentée. Paris, Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1747. 8vo (19 x 12,5 cm). LIV, , 496 pp. With engraved frontispiece, 3 engraved headpieces, several woodcut head- and tailpieces and 13 folding engraved plates.
Contemporary marbled calf, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers, red edges, blue silk ribbon marker. First blank with a stamp ("Jh de Serres"), contemporary owner’s entry on the title-page ("ex libris de Serres de Mesples"), contemporary manuscript corrections on pages 280-281, paper slightly browned, the occasional fox spot, binding rubbed, the boards with a few scratches, endbands damaged.
Second, revised and much enlarged edition of what is easily the most influential fireworks manual of early modern Europe, first published in 1706.
Divided into three parts it subsequently treats the ingredients, the production, and finally the display of fireworks. Frezier "was an all-round military expert and fortified San Domingo and other places. His book describes coloured fires, Roman candles, set pieces, fireworks burning under water, etc. and is particularly detailed on rockets, incl. those of repeated flight [...], i.e. the prototype of the modern stratosphere rockets and also military rockets containing devices which caused them to rotate in flight" (Partington).
In 1741 Jean Neaulme published a pirate edition; this prompted Frezier to issue the present, augmented second edition, as he writes in the preface.
Philip, p. 58/59 F 110.4; cf. Partington, A History of Greek Fire and Gunpowder, p. 177.