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NEW REGULATIONS FOR THE PRUSSIAN INFANTRY: by ANONYMOUS.: - First Edition - 1757 - from Roger Middleton (SKU: 34029)


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London, J. Rivington and J. Fletcher; A. Linde; and Thomas Pote, 1757.. containing an exact detail of the present field-service: and Particularly the most essential and recent Parts of the Foot-Exercise. With Several Articles never before made Public. The whole translated from the original German manuscript, and illustrated with various representations of the exercise in sixteen copper-plates. FIRST EDITION 1757, LARGE PAPER COPY, WITH HAND COLOURED PLATES IN CONTEMPORARY RED MOROCCO. 4to, approximately 290 x 230 mm, 11½ x 9¼ inches, engraved hand coloured encampment headpiece to dedication to the Duke of Marlborough, 16 engraved hand coloured double page plates on 15 folding sheets, (plates V and VI on 1 sheet, the number has been omitted from plate VI by the printer). The first 3 plates and plate XVI each have an inserted page of Explanation, that to plate XVI is erroneously numbered plate LVI, the 3 leaves of explanation for plates I, II, and III are inserted with those plates between pages 26 and 27 (copies vary as to where the first 3 plates and their Explanation leaves are placed by the binder, there being no Directions), collated and complete. Pages: vii, (8 - Contents), 1-59, (1), bound in full contemporary crushed red morocco, elaborate gilt border to covers of fleurs de lys and 3 styles of crowns, gilt raised bands to spine, gilt decoration of flowers and acorns in compartments, gilt lettered black morocco label, gilt decorated board edges, all edges gilt, gilt decorated dentelles (turn ins), endpapers replaced long ago with dark blue endpapers which partially obscure the upper and lower dentelles. Tiny rub to tail of spine, a few minor marks to covers including 2 tiny ink spots on upper cover, a light scratch to lower cover, very small bookseller's label and armorial bookplate of Alfred Acland on front pastedown, that of Frank E. D. Acland on rear pastedown, front endpaper lightly wrinkled, plates I and VIII lightly browned at the centre fold, a couple of tiny pale fox spots to plates I and IV, otherwise contents clean and bright. A very good handsome copy of the scarce large paper hand coloured edition. This work is translated from a German manuscript, apparently a copy of Regulations issued by Frederick the Great some time after 1742. The regulations relate in Part I to Field-Duty for infantry, cavalry and artillery, in Part II to forming battalions, marching, passing a bridge, regiments in action, regulations for artillery when marching. The unknown editor states in his preface that in this work "many Articles of the Prussian Service are made public, which have hitherto been kept secret". See ESTC T112373 and Copac. Not in Spaulding and Karpinski, or the military volume of Sotheby's Catalogue of the Library of the Earls of Macclesfield, Part Ten. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.


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London, J. Rivington and J. Fletcher; A. Linde; and Thomas Pote, 1757.
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fine bindings military hand coloured war prussian army german germany cavalry infantry artillery Frederick the Great II of Prussia

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We have been established booksellers for 42 years. We are a postal business only (strictly no callers). We are long-standing members of the P.B.F.A. the largest trade association for antiquarian booksellers in the UK. We wrap all our parcels in new materials and all our books are insured at our expense. Books may be returned if wrongly described, all costs will be met by us. ****PLEASE NOTE: POSTAGE WILL BE CHARGED AT COST, MEANING THAT POSTAGE WILL BE REDUCED ON PARCELS WEIGHING UNDER 1 KILO, AND IT WILL BE INCREASED ON MOST PARCELS WEIGHING MORE THAN 1 KILO****

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