Memoires sur l'Infanterie, ou, Traité des Legions.

Three folding printed tables. Title printed in red & black. 96 pp. 8vo, cont. sheep (leather a little wormed), spine richly gilt, red leather lettering piece on spine. The Hague: “Aux Depens de la Compagnie,” 1753.

First edition. There is a lack of clarity regarding the authorship of this work. The probable main author is Herouville de Claye (1712-82), French soldier who served in a number of campaigns under Louis XV in Flanders and Germany. He eventually rose to become a lieutenant-general and inspector general of the infantry. He wrote several works on military tactics.

The manuscript of the present work was found in the papers of Maurice, Comte de Saxe (1696-1750), marshal of France and one of the greatest generals of his time. Before his death, Maurice revised Herouville de Claye’s text and added a number of comments but left it in manuscript. The early editions bear Saxe’s name on the title.

The present book describes Herouville de Claye and Saxe’s plan for re-organizing the French army along the lines of the Roman legions.

Fine copy from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria.

❧ N.B.G., 24, col. 457.

Price: $1,350.00

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