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Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Spiessen (Jacob de Gheyn II)
|Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Spiessen|
|The Exercise of Armes For Calivres, Muskettes, and Pikes|
Dutch title page
|Illustrated by||Jacob de Gheyn II|
|Dedicated to||Maurice of Nassau|
|Place of origin||The Hague, Netherlands|
|Publisher||Robert de Baudouz|
|Publication date||1607, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1619|
Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Spiessen ("The Exercise of Arms For Calivers, Muskets, and Pikes") is a Dutch drill manual illustrated by Jacob de Gheyn II and printed in 1607. The authorship of the text is unknown.
Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Spiessen was first published in 1607-8 in the Hague, Netherlands. Included along with de Gheyn's illustrations were anonymous descriptions and commentary in Danish, Dutch, English, French, and German editions. Despite the fact that the treatise included very precise instructions to the binder, many surviving editions from 1607-8 are disordered, with sections moved around, engravings placed in the wrong order, text missing, and sometimes even different languages from section to section.
The first multi-language edition, including the French and German texts, was published in Frankfurt in 1609. This edition replaced de Gheyn's elaborate prints with simplified, almost crude, illustrations by an unknown engraver, and placed the the commands and descriptions alongside the illustrations (rather than being divided into separate sections, as in the first edition). Editions containing up to four languages followed in later years (including 1619).
Gheyn's treatise was incredibly popular throughout the early 17th century, and saw numerous reprintings and new editions over the course of several decades. A complete survey of all of every edition cannot be attempted at this time.
|1 - 4||Preface and Introduction|
|5 - 81||Caliver drill|
|83 - 173||Musket drill|
|175 - 243||Pike drill|
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|Images||Jacob de Gheyn II||Rijksmuseum|
|Dutch Transcription||Michael Chidester||Index:Wapenhandelinghe van Roers Musquetten ende Spiessen (Jacob de Gheyn II) 1607|
|English Transcription||Michael Chidester||Index:The Exercise of Armes For Calivres, Muskettes, and Pikes (Jacob de Gheyn II) 1607|
|French Transcription||Michael Chidester||Index:Maniement d'Armes d'Arquebuses, Mousquetz, et Piques (Jacob de Gheyn II) 1607|
|German Transcription||Michael Chidester||Index:Waffenhandlung von den Rören Musquetten undt Spiessen (Jacob de Gheyn II) 1608|