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Military Instructions for Officers Detached - STEVENSON, Roger - 1775. 
Philadelphia: Aitken, 1775. 12mo. ,vii,,232,pp. Twelve engraved plates (seven folding). Contemporary sheep, expertly rebacked to style retaining the original morocco lettering pieceProvenance: Abraham Bradley (early signature)Important Revolutionary War guerilla tactics manualA most important early American military manual, preceding the celebrated works of Baron Von Steuben and, appropriately, the first book bearing a dedication to George Washington. Edited by Hugh Henry Ferguson, the present manual was one of the most significant military manuals associated with the years of the American Revolution. The engravings illustrate the strategies promoted in the text, both historic and theoretical. These celebrated guerilla tactics, combined with a superior geographical knowledge of local terrain, gave the Continentals a significant advantage over the regimented fighting style of the British. In short, this is how we won the war.This copy bears the ownership signature of Abraham Bradley, a graduate of Yale who served as a captain during the American Revolution. Bradley described himself in an old family Bible as "a man of various enterprises; an inhabitant of the states of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia; a surveyor of land, master of vessel, selectman, town treasurer, representative in the state legislature, justice of the peace, a zealous Whig, captain in the Revolutionary War, judge of the court, town clerk, and something of a scribbler in prose and verse..." (Bradley).A rare work, especially with direct provenance to an officer in the Continental Army.Evans 14475; Howes S981; Hildeburn 3290; NAIP W020757; Charles S. Bradley, "The Bradley Family and the Times in which they Lived" in Records of the Columbian Historical Society Washington, D.C. (Washington, D.C.: Published by the Society, 1903), Vol. 6, pp.123-142.
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