Mémoire sur les Opinions qui partagent les Militaires,
suivi du Traité des Armes Défensives, corrigé et augmenté.1773 Stock Code: 40758
NotesFirst Edition thus. Maizeroy was, despite the claims of Guichard, the most important expert of his time on the art of war in antiquity. He pursued the "scholarly study of Greek and Roman warfare, which he compared with, and brought to bear on, modern warfare... Throughout history... war conveyed clear lessons, provided it was seriously studied. "The theory of the Greeks was fixed, certain and uniform, because it was treasured up in methodical treatises." No change could affect the universal fundamentals of the art of war. The search for the perfect system of tactics is... the principal theme in Maizeroy's writings... the principles of tactics were not only universally valid but also based upon a rigorous and precise rationale of mathematics" (Gat The Origins of Military Thought, pp. 40-41). The present work discusses current thinking on column and line, grand manoeuvres, artillery and the role of the defensive with reference to Saxe, Folard, Guibert, and others. Brief notices of the Battles of Prestonpans and Falkirk.
Octavo. (192 x 133mm). Contemporary half vellum on marbled boards, tan morocco label.
4 folding plates.
One plate torn without loss, light foxing and browning, a little rubbed externally, but overall very good.
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