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Engravings: [School of the soldier, School of the company, School of the platoon, School of the battalion, War of 1812 Military Drills
[NY]: NP, [1813]. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. RARE WAR OF 1812 PERIOD AMERICAN MILITARY MANUAL circa 1813. Presumed 1st edition. Title from type-written sheet found inside at front of book. 41 engraved plates. First edition, in very good condition, with new leather spine and corners preserving original boards and endpapers. The volume consists of 41 engraved plates [numbered 1 to 40, but including no. 35(1) and 35(2), for a total of 41], without any title page or text (none were ever included, as far as we can determine). While the plates are bound together, it is not clear if they were originally issued in book form. Near fine condition., This copy belonged to a D. Hale, with his signature on the front free endpaper. The plates, sixteen of which are folded, show U.S. infantrymen performing military drills. Each bears a caption heading, in this order: I - Regiment Formed in the Habitual Order of Battle (Stout's name is printed in the plate ); II-VI - School of the Soldier; VII - 8 - School of the Company; IX - School of the Platoon; 10 - XXVI - School of the Battalion; XXVII - XL - Evolutions of the Line. While the plates are not dated, a study of the uniforms depicted indicates a date of approximately 1813. Since Stout was a New York City engraver at the probable date of publication, we assume the place of publication was New York. Rare. Appears similar to only other three copies we could locate at Brown University, Columbia University and University of California including the lack of title page and text. Not in Shaw and Shoemaker.
      [Bookseller: Lord Durham Rare Books Inc. (IOBA)]
Last Found On: 2013-01-08           Check availability:      IOBABooks    


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