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MONTECUCCOLI, Raimondo, count & Lancelot Turpin de Crissé.

Memoires de Montecuculi,

Généralissime des Armées, et Grand-Maître de l'Artillerie de l'Empereur.

Published: Amsterdam & Leipzig: Arkstée & Merkus, 1770

Stock code: 95234

Price: £450

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Second octavo edition of Turpin de Crissé’s commentaries, the third overall, the first being the quarto edition of the previous year. Montecuccoli’s memoirs were first published in Venice in 1703. “Unequalled as a master of seventeenth-century warfare, Montecuccoli excelled in the art of fortification and siege, march and counter-march, and cutting his enemy’s lines of communications. In advocating standing armies, he clearly foresaw future trends in the military field” (Britannica). Montecuccoli’s writings “probably regarded as a state secret and only circulated internally, were never published during his lifetime” (Gat, The Origins of Military Thought, p.23) and Turpin’s commentaries were important in the transmission of Montecuccoli’s “theoretical and conceptual framework” (p.24) to the military thinkers of the Enlightenment.

3 volumes octavo (198 118 mm). Contemporary lightly sprinkled sheep, double yellow morocco labels, double gilt rules top and bottom of the compartments, edges blue marbled, striking endpapers of missal leaves washed with black ink and hand-painted with a “star-map” pattern in white. Portrait frontispiece, title-page vignette to each, a portrait to volume I, trophies to the other two volumes, title pages printed in red and black, pictorial head-piece to the first page of text of each volume, and wood-engraved cul-de-lampe at the conclusion of the text, 41 folding plates. Half-titles bound in to volumes II and III. A little rubbed, and with a few old patched repairs to the spines, light browning, but otherwise a very appealing set in excellent condition.

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