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WARNERY, [Charles Emmanuel de]

Remarks on Cavalry; by the Prussian Major General of Hussars, Warnery. Translated from the Original.

Published: London: Printed for the Translator, 1798

Stock code: 63116

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First edition. Warnery was born in Switzerland, a participant more than a dozen campaigns, between 1733-45 he served in Sardinia, Austria, and Russia. In 1745 he moved to Silesia and until 1758 served with distinction as an officer in the Prussian Hussars. From 1766 he was in the service of Poland as the adjutant of Stanislaw August Poniatowski, and military advisor to Prince Adam Kazimierz Czartoryski; becoming a Major General in circa 1770. He was a prolific writer on military matters, offering commentaries on the campaigns of classical antiquity; polemical responses to the works of Folard, Guibert, Turpin, and Lloyd; an account of the Seven Years’ War, and analyses of the Russian and Turkish armies, but the present work is probably his best known. This English translation was carried out by George Frederick Koehler, a highly-talented artillery officer who served at the siege of Gibraltar; commanded the army of the Belgian Republic in 1790; and headed a military mission to the Turks during the Egyptian Campaign. The lively etched plates are based on Koehler’s own “hasty sketches.” Armorial bookplate of Sir Samuel Hannay, 4th Baronet Hannay of Mochrum, who served in the court of the Emperor of Austria, to the front pastedown.

Quarto (265 208 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, rebacked with the original flat spine, with black morocco label and gilt roundels in the compartments, laid down, marbled edges and endpapers. Etched frontispiece of a British Light dragoon officer, and 24 similar plates of different mounted troops, together with 5 plates of manoeuvres and 4 full-page diagrams, attractive trophy vignette to the title page, text printed on attractive blue paper-stock. Somewhat rubbed at the extremities, some restoration to flaking from the boards, but remains a very good copy with only light occasional offsetting.

Bibliography: AMOT Index 954

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