A Treatise of Artillery:

Le Blond (Guillaume)

A Treatise of Artillery:

or, of the arms and machines used in war since the invention of gunpowder. Being the first part of Le Blond's Elements of war: Written in French by that eminent Mathematician, for the Use of Lewis Charles of Lorraine, Count de Brionne, and publish'd for the Instruction of the young Gentlemen in the Armies of France. Illustrated with above Fifty Representations, beautifully engraved on Copper Plates. With Remarks, and Explanatory Notes.

Description: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, with large engraved armorial headpiece to Dedication and vignette to beginning of text, and 15 folding engraved plates (mostly with 2 or more figures), occasional minor foxing, pp. [xii], 118 (i.e. 134), [1], 4to, contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, lacking lettering piece, minor wear, small piece of the skin missing from lower cover, boldly signed on the title-page 'George Howard, Carlisle, Octb 7th 1746', and with his fine engraved armorial bookplate inside front cover and below this a smaller bookplate with twin Howard crests and motto, good

Publication Details: Printed by E. Cave, and sold by M. Cooper, P. Vaillant, and J. Brindley, 1746

Notes: A good copy of this important work, with an interesting provenance. Sir George Howard, (bap. 1718, d. 1796), was made an ensign in the 24th foot in 1725, when he was still a child. He eventually rose to the rank of Field Marshall. 'He commanded the Buffs at Fontenoy, Falkirk, and Culloden. In the pacification of the Highlands his regiment gained a reputation for harshness' (ODNB). Howard acquired this book, or at least inscribed it, six months after Culloden. The translation is dedicated to 'Butcher' Cumberland. The advertisement at the end promises ('speedily will be published') the treatises...more

Bibliography: (ESTC T133610)

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Price: £950

Subject: History

Published Date: 1746

Stock Number: 53453

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