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(GRANT, U. S.) LECOMTE, Ferdinand.

Relation Historique et Critique de la Guerre Franco-Allemande en 1870-1871.

Published: Paris: Ch. Tanera, 1872-4

Stock code: 68206

Price: £1,800

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First editions of this important analysis of the Franco-Prussian War by a noted Swiss military theorist and radical politician. This set from the library of Ulysses S. Grant with tipped in presentation slip, “General Grant, Président des Etats-Unis. Hommage respecteuse de l’Auteur”, and with the loosely inserted compliments slip of the Swiss consul general in Washington. A radical in politics, Lecomte “volunteered during the American Civil War, participating in the campaign of the Potomac under McClellan with the rank of Major. In 1865 he entered Richmond with General Ord’s black troops, then assisted in Lincoln’s funeral in Washington” (Dictonnaire Historique de la Suisse). On his return home he published a three-volume history of the war, a conflict which profoundly influenced his theoretical development. A student, and first biographer, of Jomini, he was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Revue Militaire Suisse, professor of history at l’École Moyenne Vaudois, and librarian of the cantonal library.

4 volumes octavo (222 148 mm). Contemporary red quarter hard-grain morocco on matching pebble-grained cloth boards, title gilt to the spines, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments, blind panels to the boards, edges sprinkled brown, white moiré endpapers. 14 folding maps. Just a little rubbed, lightly browned, particularly in the margins, but overall a very good set.

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