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A System of Military Discipline for His Majesty's - PHIPPS, John - 1778. 
London: J. Millan, 1777 & 1778 - 2 works bound in one, duodecimo (176 x 99 mm). Contemporary tree calf sometime neatly rebacked, marbled endpapers. 20th-century bookplate of Brian Edwards; neat library stamp of Captain H. Oakes-Jones, military supervisor on The Iron Duke (1935, starring George Arliss as Wellington) and author of a slim monograph on the gorget. A few leaves lightly creased, paper flaws in the margin of A10 & A12, touch of worming in the gutter of a few leaves but nevertheless a very good copy. 6 engraved folding plates (3 handcoloured), 2 folding letterpress tables. First edition of both works. A System of Military Discipline is a pocket edition of Humphrey Bland's Treatise of Military Discipline (1727): "easily the most successful and widely used military drillbook to appear in English during the century, and it remained valuable for over a quarter-century. Many shortened or simplified versions appeared, particularly in the American colonies, for provincials and militia" (ODNB). This timely abridgement - issued while the American War of Independence was still in its infancy - was carried out by John Phipps, a lieutenant in the 70th Foot. Rather shrewdly, the publisher, John Millan, integrates with the letterpress advertisements for his other military titles, including "Books for an Officer's Portable Library" on page 114. The author of The Artillerist's Companion, Thomas Fortune, served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Both works are decidedly uncommon: of A System of Military Discipline Copac locates but one copy (Oxford) in British and Irish institutional libraries, OCLC adds eight worldwide and ESTC cites John Carter Brown; of The Artillerist's Companion Copac locates BL, Scotland, Manchester only, OCLC adds seven more, while ESTC adds Glasgow and the Royal Military College Kingston Ontario. [Attributes: First Edition]
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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