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[IRONSIDE, Gilbert]

The Rudiments of War:

Comprising the Principles of Military Duty, in a Series of Orders issued by Commanders in the English Army. To which are added, some other Military Regulations, for the Sake of connecting the Former.

1777 Stock Code: 43626
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First Edition. Uncommon, ESTC traces only three copies in America. The attribution is drawn from the Asiatic Annual Register, vol. IV, 1802, pp. 43-44. Ironside, a colonel in the service of the HEIC, here compiles a comprehensive and timely digest covering all aspects of military duties: "I am aware that some of the Remarks may at first appear slight and inconsiderable; but be it remembered by those who comprehend not the 'valor in tenui' that Trifles are usually the first Things forgot in a Period of Inactivity and Repose; that the Elements of every Science, however trivial in Detail, become collectively of Importance; that it is an Assemblage of Units which compose a Million, and of Points that form the most valuable Theorems of Mathematical Demonstration. Time, indeed, can alone ascertain the actual Use or Inefficacy of this Work. It is at least concise, adapted to the plainest Capacity, and may serve as a Memorial of Duty to those who stand in Need of such a Monitory" (preface).

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Octavo (208 x 128 mm). Modern half calf on marbled boards, to style, red morocco label to the spine. Half-title present.


P.297 is a folding table, errata leaf on thicker stock tipped-in before it.


First and last few leaves marginally browned through paste-action from the previous binding, but overall a very good, clean copy.


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