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SUTCLIFFE, MATTHEW
THE PRACTICE, PROCEEDINGS, AND LAWES OF ARMES: DESCRIBED OUT OF THE DOINGS OF MOST VALIANT AND EXPERT CAPTAINES, AND CONFIRMED BOTH BY ANCIENT, AND MODERNE EXAMPLES, AND PRÆCEDENTS
Deputies of Christopher Barker, London, 1593. 195 x 140 mm. (7 5/8 x 5 1/2"). 12 p.l., 328, 327-342 pp. FIRST EDITION. Inoffensive 18th century calf, covers with simple blind-tooled frame, raised bands, rebacked preserving original backstrip, spine panels with blind-stamped calligraphic centerpiece, gilt titling, newer endpapers. With woodcut initials and decorations. Printed in black letter, italic, and roman type. Front pastedown with armorial bookplate of Mark Dineley; front free endpaper with bookplate of the Fox Pointe Collection. Cockle 57; STC 23468; ESTC S117986; Heuser, Beatrice, "Strategy Before Clausewitz: Linking Warfare and Statecraft, 1400-1830" (2017), chapter 5: "A National Security Strategy for England: Matthew Sutcliffe, the Earl of Essex, and the Cadiz Expedition of 1596." Spine gently faded to tan, joints and extremities a bit rubbed, a little foxing to title page, final page a bit soiled, isolated rust spots or small wax stains, but an excellent specimen, clean, fresh, and mostly rather bright, in a solid, serviceable binding. This rare treatise addressing all aspects of war has been cited by military historian Beatrice Heuser as a perhaps unique example of a case "in which a civilian, an 'armchair strategist', published a book containing a comprehensive concept for how to conduct a war with a specific enemy that was applied in practice." According to Heuser, Sutcliffe penned "a national security strategy for England," and one that Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, to whom the work is dedicated, put into practice in the country's ongoing conflicts with Sp … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]

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