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ROHAN, Henri, duc de.
The Complete Captain,
Cambridge: Printed by Roger Daniel,, 1640. Dark stratageme, quick action" - a popular seventeenth century military handbook Octavo (168 x 107 mm). Contemporary sheep, smooth spine divided by paired blind fillets, sides with border of intersecting triple blind fillets, red speckled edges. Title page printed in red and black within a typographical border, woodcut diagrams in the text. Joints partially cracked but firm, spine rubbed, corners a little worn, occasional light marginal dampstaining, small burn hole at G2 (touching one letter), and in blank margin of M5. A very good copy. Scarce first edition in English of de Rohan's popular and influential Le parfait capitaine (Paris, 1636), based on Caesar's Commentaries, translated by John Cruso, an important figure in the transmission of the latest continental military thinking; it was widely used by officers on both sides during the Civil War. This is a most appealing copy in a plain period binding. "Rohan, a Protestant duke from Brittany, was a celebrated military figure who began his career early, fighting against the Spanish at the siege of Amiens in 1597. He was a colonel by 1605 and between 1633 and 1636 led the French troops in a series of battles for control of the strategic Valtellina region in northern Italy. It was shortly before his death from wounds received in battle in 1638 that he wrote his major books. Titled The Perfect Captain, Rohan's most popular text went to press in numerous editions throughout the seventeenth century" (Thomas James Dandelet, The Renaissance of Empire in Early Modern Europe, 2014, p. 22 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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