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(REICHLIN VON MELDEGG) SHORT, Charles William.

A Treatise on Patroling [sic.] From the German of Baron Reichlin von Meldegg,

Colonel in the Service of His Majesty the King of Bavaria ...

Published: London: Calkin and Budd, 1830

Stock code: 64939

Price: £295

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First edition in English, originally published in Munich in 1818. Uncommon, just 4 copies on OCLC: BL, US Military Academy, Canadian War Museum and the London Library. In its review of these Short’s translations in 1831, the United Services Magazine described the author in slightly ambivalent terms; “Bavaria also has her Bismarck and the Baron Reichlin Von Meldegg, if not as vigorous in style, or as concentrated in expression as the spirit-stirring General of the Swabian King, far surpasses that author in powers of amplification and diffuseness.” commending Short on his “judicious” abridgements of the works. Short joined the Coldstream Guards in 1814 as an ensign and served at Quatre Bras and in the defence of Hougoumont at Waterloo. Ownership inscription of Sir George Cathcart to the title page. Cathcart was also at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, as a-d-c to Wellington; he later succeeded Sir Harry Smith as governor and commander-in-chief at the Cape; and received the thanks of both Houses for his defeat suppression of the Sotha and Xhosa in 1852. He died at Inkerman in 1854. Bookplate of the Guards collector David Dalton to the front free endpaper.

Octavo (220 135 mm) Later half calf, linen boards, title gilt to spine, single gilt rules at spine and corner edges, marbled endpapers. Ex-Cavalry Club library, with their attractive bookplate to the front pastedown, joints repaired, light toning, but a very good copy.

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