JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post Part of a series on The History of Dots
Colbert de Lostelneau's (French Marshall and Commander of the French Royal Guards) Le mareschal de bataille...1and printed by Estienne Mignon in Paris inthe year 1647, is one of the earliest books to be printed in colros. This rare book, which was a superior cummulative work on tactics and strategy and military thought (and which in parts leaned very heavily on earlier and sometimes unattributed books), employed the new venue of color printing to highlight its musketeers/pikemen/cavalry symbols in three shapes and in three colors for easier understanding of the movement of three different aspects of an army. It is said that in this way the military theory was made more adaptable and practicable.
In the history of dots, though, these color-printed varieties are significant as being among the first of their kind.
And the full image (both of which are located at Gallica--website for the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, here):