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Montecuculi, Raimond De."
Memoires de Montecuculi, generalissime des armees et grand-maitre de l'artillerie de l'empereur; avec les commentaires de monsieur le comte Turpin de Crisse."
Amsterdam, Leipzig, Arkstee & Merkus, 1770.3 volumes. Contemporary half red morocco. With 3 titlepages printed in red and black with portrait and 2 vignettes, engraved portrait frontispiece, 3 engraved headpieces and 41engraved folding plans and plates. Xxiv, 398, (2); 432, (2); 493, (3) pp.Montecucculi (1608-1680) was an Italian military commander. At sixteen he began as a private soldier under his uncle, Count Ernest Montecucculi. Four years after active service in Germany and the Low Countries, he became a captain of infantry. He fought in Pomerania, Bohemia and Saxony and in 1639 he was taken prisoner by the Swedish army at Melnik and detained for two and a half years in Stettin and Weimar. In captivity he studied military science, geometry, history and architecture and planned his great work on war. In 1645-46 he served in Hungary against Prince Rakczy of Transylvania. In 1657 he commanded an expedition against Rakczy and the Swedes, who had attacked the king of Poland. He became field-marshal in the imperial army, and with the Great Elector of Brandenburg completely defeated Rakczy and his allies. From 1661 to 1664 Montecucculi with inferior numbers defended Austria against the Turks and at St. Gotthard (Aug. 1, 1664) he defeated an Ottoman army under Wesire Kuprulu Fazil Ahmad. - A fine set.Atabey Collection 832; not in the Blackmer Collection."
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