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Le Partisan ou, l’Art de faire la Petite-guerre avec succès selon le Génie de nos Jours. Détaillé sur des plans propres à faciliter l’intelligence des Dispositions & des tous les Mouvemens nécessaires aux Troupes Legères, pour réussir dans les Marches, leurs Embuscades, leurs Attaques & leurs Rétraites. Avec une Méthode aisée pour Guérir promptement les facheux accidents qui surviennent ordinairement aux Hommes & aux Chevaux durant la Campagne.
- Seven folding engraved plates. Title printed in red & black. 8 p.l., 176 pp., 8 leaves of publisher’s ads. Small 8vo, cont. marbled sheep, spine gilt (gilt in lowest compartment abraded), green & red leather lettering pieces on spine. The Hague: H. Constapel, 1759. First edition of one of the first works to describe the tactics of partisan (or guerrilla) warfare. Jeney was an Hungarian military officer who served in the Prussian Army as a captain of military engineers during the Seven Years’ War of 1756-63. In this work, Jeney describes the use of troops raised from the local population in a war zone who would operate behind enemy lines to disrupt communications, seize posts or villages as forward-operating bases, ambush convoys, impose war taxes or contributions, raid logistical stockpiles, and compel enemy forces to disperse and protect their own base of operations. The combatants also employed sabotage and hit-and-run tactics to fight the larger and less mobile military. The plates depict plans of attack with routes for a quick retreat. Fine copy from the Wittelsbach library of the dukes and kings of Bavaria. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller Inc.]
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