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BEAMISH, Ludlow.

Instruction for the Field Service of Cavalry.

Translated from German of Count Bismark [sic.]

Published: London: Geo. H. Whittaker, 1825

Stock code: 70237

Price: £350

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First and only edition, extremely uncommon, COPAC has BL and Oxford only, OCLC recording just the former. Beamish was educated at RMC Sandhurst and was commissioned into the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards in 1816, purchasing a troop in 1823. With the publication of the present work, dedicated to the Duke of York and Albany, he attracted attention for “his professional abilities” and the following year “he received a half-pay majority” (ODNB) In 1827 he published a translation of another work by Bismarck, whose reorganization of the Württemberg cavalry was to be widely influential. Bismarck had fought with the King’s German Legion in Holland, 1805, and Denmark, 1807, but from 1809 he served with the French forces, under Massena at the Battle of Riedau, and was in all the battles of the Neysch Corps in Russia. He fought in the Battle of Borodino, where he had three chargers shot from beneath him, and was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor by Napoleon himself. He was later at Bautzen, Seiffersdorf, and Jüterbog. He was captured at Leipzig, released, and took part in the manoeuvres of1814; under Prince Adam of Württemberg he fought at the battles of La Rothière, Montereau, Arcis, and Paris. He served the Württemberg military and government, and advised the Danish and Russian cavalry. Beamish’s best known work from a military standpoint is his history of the King’s German Legion, he is probably more widely known for his popularization of Rapf’s researches into the Vikings in America.

Duodecimo. Original blue printed boards. A little rubbed, piece lacking at the head of the spine, upper joint cracked at the tail, but overall very good and attractive.

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