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Traité Sur l’Art de la Guerre
'Treatise on the Art of War' by Bérault Stuart. France, c.1508-1525
Yale University, Beinecke MS 659
Traité Sur l'Art de la Guerre f.1r
Traité Sur l'Art de la Guerre f.1v
Traité Sur l'Art de la Guerre f.2r
Traité Sur l'Art de la Guerre f.12r
Traité Sur l'Art de la Guerre f.18v
Traité Sur l'Art de la Guerre f.21r
Bérault Stuart, seigneur d’Aubigny (c. 1452-1508) was a French soldier and diplomat who belonged to the notable Scottish family the Stewarts of Darnley.
Over a distinguished career he served as chamberlain and royal counselor to the King of France and held various military and diplomatic positions in service of the monarchy.
In 1508, shortly before his death, he dictated the Traité Sur l’Art de la Guerre (Treatise on the Art of War) to his chaplain.
The treatise is a practical discourse on warfare and statecraft, drawing on contemporary works and his own military experience.
The present manuscript, held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, is one of a small number of surviving manuscripts of the work.
Source: Palatino Press.
Author/Creator: Stuart, Bérault, seigneur d'Aubigny, ca. 1452-1508
Title: Traite sur l'art de la guerre.
Published/Created: France, [between 1500 and 1525]
Physical Description: ff. ii + 26 + ii : parchment ; 205 x 135 mm.
Location: BEINECKE (Non-Circulating)
Call Number: Beinecke MS 659
Notes: Script: Copied by one hand in a small Gothica Hybrida Formata (loopless Bastarda).
Line-fillers in liquid gold on red, blue or brown ground. 2-line (rarely 3- or 4-line) initials on square background, in liquid gold on coloured background or in colour, heightened with white, on liquid gold background decorated with leaves and flowers. Six miniatures.
Binding: Early nineteenth century. Cross-grained red leather over pasteboard, the covers gold-tooled with a decorative border, the turn-ins gold-tooled with dentelle border; brownish marbled endpapers; the spine gold-tooled with flowerets and the title "L'ORDRE D'UN CHEF DE GUERRE PAR D'AUBIGNY".
Purchased in 1986 (?) from H.P. Kraus, New York, and presented as a gift of the Beinecke Foundation in memory of Edwin J. Beinecke on his 100th birthday.
Record created by Beinecke staff from catalog description by Albert Derolez.
Source: Berault Stuart, Traite sur l'art de la guerre. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Surviving manuscripts of "Traité Sur l’Art de la Guerre" by Bérault Stuart:
+ Manuscript : BELOEIL, Bibliothèque du Château, Art militaire
+ Manuscript : MADRID, Biblioteca nacional, 10105
+ Manuscript : MADRID, Biblioteca nacional, Vitr. 24-08 (Hh 88)
+ Manuscript : NEW HAVEN, Yale University Library, Beinecke 659
+ Manuscript : PARIS, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Manuscrits, fr. 02070
+ Manuscript : PARIS, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Manuscrits, fr. 20003
See also Le Voyage de Gênes (The Journey to Genoa) by Jean Marot, 1510-1520
French Soldiers in Renaissance Warfare by George Gush
Other 16th Century Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers