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TANSKI, Joseph.
Tableau statistique, politique et moral de système militaire de la Russie.
Paris: Heideloff et Campé,, 1833. Octavo (200 x 124 mm). Contemporary green diced half Russia, matching paper-covered boards, title gilt direct to the spine, mid-blue endpapers, edges sprigged in red. Folding table, tables to text. A little rubbed, through at the corners, front front hinge a little cracked, light browning and a scatter of foxing, but a very good copy. First edition, a presentation copy inscribed by the author, exiled Polish soldier, patriot, and poet Jozef Tanski (1805-88), " à Monsieur le Général Langermann hommage de l'auteur"; autograph letter signed tipped in before the title in which Tanski presents this work on our "shared enemy, which by its subject cannot fail to be of interest to a military man as distinguished as yourself, and one who is moreover a Polish patriot"; Langermann's ownership stamp to the title page. An uncommon - just 13 copies on OCLC - and important book. Tanski was exiled from his homeland following his participation in the November Uprising of 1830-1, he later served in the French Foreign Legion in the Crimea. A detailed study of the organisation, equipment, and morale of the Russian Army, described by William C. Fuller in his study of Strategy and Power in Russia 1600-1914, as "undeservedly obscure [and] extraordinary not least because it is the work of a former Polish officer who knew the Russian military system of the time from the inside". The recipient's story is still more extraordinary, Langermann was in fact a Finn of Swedish extraction, Alexander Maximillian Myrhberg, described in his obituary in the Pall Mall Gazette … [Click Below for Full Description]
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