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[DU PUGET, Edme Jean Antoine]

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.

1771 Stock Code: 38650
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Notes

First editions, both uncommon. Of the first named, Copac has only the Bodleian and British Library copies, OCLC has nine locations and also a number of MS 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. 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 role of field artillery which saw practical implementation under Napoleon.

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Description

Octavo (202 x 128 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with panels of plain and broken lines, foliate tools at the corners, enclosing a floral device, foliate rolls with pomegranates and grapes at the head and tail, red morocco lettering piece, gilt edge-rules, marbled edges.

Illustrations

3 folding engraved maps and plans to the first, 1 folding diagrammatic engraved plate to the second. The Macclesfield copy, with Shirburn Castle bookplate to the front pastedown and embossed stamp through the first few leaves.

Condition

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.

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