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DUPUGET, Edme-Jean-Antoine.
Essay sur l'Usage de l'Artillerie dans la Guerre de Campagne et dans celle des Sieges.
A Grenoble, le 8e Ceptembre [sic], 1767. Small quarto (203 x 163mm), manuscript, [vi], 294pp., [iv], 47pp. Contemporary mottled sheep, red morocco label, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with floral and foliate tools, red edge-stain, green silk page-marker. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. 4 folding coloured plates and one uncoloured. Short marginal tear to the uncoloured plate, no loss, light browning, page numbering slightly cropped in places, a little rubbed at the extremities, headcap chipped, joints slightly cracked, but overall very good indeed. A handsome and highly interesting manuscript. The first published edition was issued by Arckstée & Merkus in Amsterdam in 1771, credited to "un Officier du Corps," the author previously identified by Barbier as Edme-Jean-Antoine Du Puget. Du Puget (1742-1802) was a member of an old aristocratic family from Bresse and was introduced to the corps by his uncle Joseph-Etienne Dupuget, who was an officer. He distinguished himself in the war in Corsica receiving the Croix de Saint-Louis and being advanced to the rank of marechal de camp. Shortly afterwards he was made inspector-general of the forces in America, and spent two years overseas, returning to become assistant instructor to the dauphin, for which services he was made a count. On the death of his pupil he retired to Amiens occupying himself with "ses paisibles études" (Michaud) until arrested and imprisoned during the Revolution. On his release he withdrew with his family to his estate at d'Hargicourt, but driven by his thi … [Cliquez ci-dessous pour une description complète]
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