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Rahmel, August Wilhelm Leopold von]
UEBER DEN DIENST, VON EINEM, EHEMALS UNTER DER PREUSSISCHEN ARMEE GESTANDENEN, UND JETZT UNTER DEN AMERIKANERN DIENENDEN OFFIZIER. ENTWORFEN NOCH EH' DERSELBE SEINEN ERSTEN DIENST VERLIESS
Gutsch], Boston [i.e. Breslau, 1783. 72pp. Modern blue-green wrappers, all edges red. Light tanning, occasional foxing throughout. Ink stamp on titlepage verso. Very good. Rare first edition of a treatise on military service by an officer "formerly under the Prussian army and now serving under the Americans." Anonymously published, this was one of several works on military instruction and history by August Wilhelm Leopold von Rahmel (1749-1808), officer in the Prussian army at Breslau and later mayor of Schmiedeberg (now Kowary, Poland). Rahmel attended the cadet school in Berlin, and entered military service in 1767, and while we were unable to verify whether he actually crossed the Atlantic during the Revolutionary War, the false imprint of "Boston" (really, Breslau) highlights his interest in the cause. Nevertheless, several prominent Prussian officers did contribute to the revolutionary effort, most notably Baron Friedrich von Steuben, who is credited with helping teach the Continental Army the essentials of military drill and discipline. OCLC lists three copies in German libraries, and three in U.S. libraries: Newberry, John Carter Brown, and the Society of Cincinnati. OCLC 31994563, 258530468. Edmund Goetze, GRUNDRISS ZUR GESCHICHTE DER DEUTSCHE DICHTUNG AUS DEN QUELLEN VON KARL GOEDEKE, Bd. 7: ZEIT DES WELTKRIEGES (1790- 1815), Abt. II (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2011), p.427. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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