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Tratado de Artilleria Theoretica y Práctica, en donde se da entera noticia, y conocimiento de todas las piezas antiguas, y juntamente de las modernas de la Nueva Ordenanza del año de 1716. Segun el methodo, que se enseña en el Real Seminario de San Telmo, extramuros de la ciudad de Sevilla.

Sánchez Reciente, Juan. .Tratado de Artilleria Theoretica y Práctica, 12mo. [12] leaves + 224 pages; 8 engraved folding plates. Diagrams in text. Contemporary limp vellum with calligraphic title ‘Artíllería’ on spine. Rare Spanish artillery handbook compiled to match the latest reforms set out by Royal Decree of 1716. The manual dealing with the problems of casting guns in iron and bronze in Spain is arranged in the form of questions and answers in 15 chapters respectively treating: The definition of Royal Ordinance of 1716, 10 geometrical problems in making and use of pieces of artillery, instruments of artillery, parts & metals, the metal moulds & calibres of cannon, cylindrical cannon supports for carriages, ballistics, cartridges & ammunition, the matching of gun powder, gun carriages, shot & ranges, calibre training, mortars & bombs, bullet count in pyramid levels and artillery games.The author was a priest and lecturer in mathematics at the Royal Seminary of San Telmo outside Seville which was founded in 1681. The preliminaries contain a dedication to St Barbara, patron saint of artillery, approbation & licence by the Inquisition, a sonnet in honour of the author, a preface to the reader, a chapter index and an errata leaf. The Royal Artillery Factory at Seville was established in the 16th century; in 1720 a new foundry was built for the casting of cannon and other military hardware. Minor traces of wear, otherwise in excellent condition preserved in the original binding.