[PUGET D'ORVAL, Edmé Jean Antoine du.]
Essai sur l’Usage de l’Artillerie, dans la Guerre de Campagne & dans celle de Sieges. Par un Officier du Corps;
[Bound with:] [—] Recueil de Quelques Petits Ouvrages, qui peuvent servir de Supplément à l'Essai sur l'Usage de l'Artillerie.
First edition. Uncommon: of the first named, COPAC has just Oxford and BL, OCLC has nine locations, and also a number of manuscript copies, including one made as late as 1812 held by Princeton. Of the second, COPAC lists just the BL, and OCLC locates six, and one copy bound together as here held by Princeton. Du Puget exercised considerable influence on Guibert who in turn was the basis for many of du Teil’s formulations for the development of the rôle of field artillery which saw practical implementation under Napoleon. The Macclesfield copy, with Shirburn Castle bookplate to the front free endpaper and embossed stamp through the first few leaves, and the bookplate of Lieutenant-General George Lane Parker, younger son of the second earl, to the front pastedown. Parker served for more than twenty years in the 1st Foot Guards. In 1773 at rank of major-general he was appointed colonel of the 20th Foot and saw service in the War of Independence. One of his contributions to the Shirburn castle library was a remarkable collection of books detailing the professional interests of a soldier in the latter part of the 18th century. A splendid copy with excellent provenance.
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2 works in 1 vol., octavo (202 128 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with panels of plain and broken lines, enclosing a floral device with bird on branch, double foliate roll at the tail, red morocco lettering piece, gilt edge-rolls, edges sprinkled in red. 3 folding engraved maps and plans to the first, 1 folding diagrammatic engraved plate to the second. A superb copy, the spine just a touch sunned and slightly dry, very minor shelf-wear, internally beautifully fresh, the plates still resistant to unfolding.