Théorie de Comptabilité, à l’Usage des Sergens-Majors et Fourriers d’Infanterie, et Pouvant servir a MM. les Officiers chargés de leur Instruction. Par Emile Leclerc, Officier-payeur au 56e Régiment de ligne. Emile LECLERC.

Théorie de Comptabilité, à l’Usage des Sergens-Majors et Fourriers d’Infanterie, et Pouvant servir a MM. les Officiers chargés de leur Instruction. Par Emile Leclerc, Officier-payeur au 56e Régiment de ligne.

Several tables in the text & three folding tables printed on each side (final table with small ink-spill but still legible). 13 pp. of publisher’s ads, 1 p.l., viii, 197 pp. 24mo, cont. red sheep maroquiné (corners slightly rounded), covers with gilt decorative borders, spine gilt, a.e.g. Metz: Verronais, 1828.

First edition, this copy bears a presentation inscription by the author to the Dauphin Louis-Antoine de France, duke of Angoulême, and elder son of Charles X: “Puisse ce foible hommage exprimer à votre Altesse le profond respect et le dévouement d’un de ses plus soumis fidèles serviteurs.”

Produced in a pragmatic portable format, this work on military administration was a vital resource for non-commissioned officers. Leclerc writes in the preface that he felt there was no other adequate work tailored to the needs of a sergeant-major or quartermaster, who were responsible for the essential “nitty-gritty” supplying of troops.

The first three parts are composed of questions and responses related to the duties of senior non-commissioned officers. There are sections relating to the proper and efficient care of soldiers (sufficient wood, food, clothing, etc.), the cost of replacing certain pieces of equipment, pay provided according to rank, proper uniform guidelines, etc.

The tables enumerate the amount of supplies required for marches, factoring in how many soldiers are involved and for how many days they will be away from a supply center.

Fine copy. WorldCat locates no copy in North America. The publisher Verronnais specialized in portable books for officers to carry in the field.

Price: $1,950.00

Item ID: 5977

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