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Item #73700 Reveries, Or, Memoirs Concerning the Art of War; By Maurice Count. Maurice Saxe, Comte de.
Reveries, Or, Memoirs Concerning the Art of War; By Maurice Count...
Reveries, Or, Memoirs Concerning the Art of War; By Maurice Count...

Reveries, Or, Memoirs Concerning the Art of War; By Maurice Count...

Owned by Britain's Deputy Commissary General in Georgia Saxe, Maurice, Comte de [1696-1750]. Reveries, Or, Memoirs Concerning the Art of War. By Maurice Count de Saxe, Marshal-General of the Armies of France. To Which is Annexed, His Treatise Concerning Legions; Or, A Plan for New-Modelling the French Armies. Illustrated with Copper-Plates. Together with Letters on Various Military Subjects, Wrote by the Marshal to Several Eminent Persons; And the Author's Reflections on the Propagation of the Human Species. Translated from the French. To Which is Prefixed an Account of the Life of the Author. Edinburgh: Printed for Alexander Donaldson, 1776. xx, 352, [26] pp. With thirteen folding plates. Octavo (8-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few small spots and scuffs to boards, front board separated but secured by cords, moderate rubbing to extremities, light gatoring to spine, rear joint starting at foot, corners bumped and somewhat worn, rear hinge cracked, faint offsetting to endleaves, recent bookplate (of Robert R. Martin) to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, faint offsetting to copperplates, right portion of plate 1 lacking, light edgewear to fore-edges of other plates with minor loss to border of plate 6, faint dampstaining to plate 8. Early ownership signatures of Peter Paumier dated 1777 and William [Rhinelander?] dated 1780 to title page. $250. * Third and final edition in English. Saxe was a notable eighteenth-century soldier, officer and eventual military commander best known for his leadership in the War of the Austrian Succession on the side of the French. First published in French in 1756, Reveries was praised as an effective systematic study of the art of war. It also called for reform of French military practices, advocating a more nimble, mobile approach to warfare as opposed to the historic focus on fortification. This prioritization of the battlefield over the fortress was a strategy that gained new relevance during the Revolutionary War. Our copy of Saxe's treatise was owned by Peter Paumier, a senior British commissary officer in New York, though he was subsequently reassigned to Georgia when the British pivoted to the southern colonies. By 1777, the date of Paumier'.

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