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Leather bound paper, 117 engraved plates
Page: 27.5 x 19 cm (10 13/16 x 7 1/2 in.)
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2022.21
Edition: First Edition
The depiction of the soldiers in this book inspired Rembrandt when painting his famous The Night Watch.
The Exercise of Armes, published in 1607–8, is one of the most famous manuals of arms. Jacob De Gheyn's book became popular all over Europe and was quickly translated into several languages. Its 117 copper engravings portray the step-by-step sequence for training foot soldiers in the handling of standard weaponry of 17th-century warfare: muskets, matchlock or calivers, and pikes.
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