Toms, W. H. (sculpt).
NINE copperplate engravings of siege weapons on laid paper from the book "The History of the Arts and Sciences of the Antients" by Charles Rollin, section "Of the Art Military". Images approximately 7-9 x 5-6 inches on sheets approximately 9 3/4 x 8 inches (varies). Accompanied by several original text sheets explaining four of the plates. Each sheet has 2 original folds and some slight discoloration and marks of age; several sheets have wear to edges, outside image area; split to fold end of one sheet, just touching image neatline; overall very good condition. A fascinating compendium of exquisitely rendered architecture of war. Plates include: XI (Vol. XI Part II) - Profile and Elevations of the Walls of the Ancients." XII (Vol. XI Part II) - "Tortoise for filling up the Folse of a Besieged place." XXII (Vol. XI Part II) - "Battering Ram not Suspended." XXIII (Vol. XI Part II) - "Corvus (Cron or Crane) with nippers for seizing the Battering Ram." XXIV (Vol. XI Part II) - "Double Corvus (or Crane) for breaking the blow of the Battering Ram." XXXIV (Vol. XI Part II) - "Floating Towers & Galleries of Demetrius at the Siege of Rhodes." XXXXI (Vol. XI Part II) - "Terass of Cosroez at the Siege of Edessa undermined by the Besieged." XXXXII (Vol. XI Part II) - "Mine from the Camp to the Inside of a place." XXXXIII (Vol. XI Part II) - "Mine for Sapping the foundation of a Wall." Item #55855