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PALLAS ARMATA, MILITARY ESSAYES OF THE ANCIENT - TURNER, SIR JAMES - 1670. 
London, printed by M(argaret) W(hite) for Richard Chiswell, 1683, 1670. FIRST EDITION 1683, folio, 295 x 180 mm, 11¾ x 7½ inches, engraved portrait frontispiece by Robert White, title page printed in red and black, decorative wood - cut headpieces and initials, pages: , 372, lacking final advertisement leaf, bound in modern full panelled speckled calf with blind decoration to covers, gilt raised bands to spine, richly gilt in compartments, gilt lettered red morocco label, edges speckled red, new endpapers. Upper margins slightly trimmed at some time, no loss to printed area, faintest browning to title page offset from portrait, tiny hole in margin of P1, no loss of notes, a few pages lightly age - browned, 2 very small neat old repairs to fore - edge of Xx1. A very good clean sturdy copy in a handsome modern binding, lacking 1 advert leaf as noted. The first 2 books are concerned with the art of war of the Greeks and Romans, page 157 onwards is devoted to the modern arts of war. Sir James Turner (1615 - 1689) graduated master of arts from Glasgow University in 1631 and then embraced an army career, serving and fighting in many European countries. He became a Royalist, putting his Covenanter past behind him and in 1648 fought for the King and later served Charles II when in 1651 at Worcester he was captured. He was knighted after the Restoration but after a shameful incident in Scotland in 1668 he was deprived of his commission. In retirement he devoted himself to his writing. (ODNB). MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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