Dögen, Matthias
Poirier, Élie (translator)
Matham, Theodor Dirck (engraver)

Title L’architecture militaire moderne...
Imprint Amsterdam, L. Elzevier, 1648
Localisation Besançon, Bibliothèque municipale, 11746
Subject Military architecture
Transcribed version of the text


     In 1648 Lowijs Elzevier took charge of publishing this work (published in Latin in 1647) in French, thanks to the translation made by the Parisian Élie Poirier, a Huguenot writer living in Holland, known for his poems and the translation of the Éloge de la folie by Erasmus.  The death of Frederick-Henry of Nassau on March 14, 1647, led Matthias Dögen to be placed under the protection of his son and successor William II of Orange (1626-1650), to whom he dedicated the 1648 French edition, honoring him as the heir both of Maurice of Nassau, the father of hercotectonics or the art pertaining to the construction of fortifying strongholds and of Frederick, the father of aerotectonics, the art of attacking strongholds.

Michèle Virol (Centre Roland Mousnier-Paris Sorbonne) – 2010

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