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Histoire de Maurice, Comte de Saxe,
Paris, Philippe-Denys Pierres, , 1775. Duc de Courlande et de Sémigale, Maréchal-Général des Campes & Armées de Sa Majesté Très-Chrétienne;... Quarto. (282 × 218 mm), 3 vols., two text volumes and a plate atlas. Engraved portrait frontispiece after the Rigaud portrait and 45 double-page and folding engraved maps, plans and plates in the separate atlas volume. Very light browning throughout, endpapers more heavily browned at the margins through paste-action, but overall a wonderfully crisp copy in contemporary sprinkled calf, spines elaborately gilt in compartments, red and olive green morocco lettering pieces, red sprinkled edges, spines a little dry, light rubbing at the extremities, but an extremely handsome set. New Edition, corrected and considerably enlarged. Saxe is widely recognised as "... the greatest European general and military intellectual between the times of Marlborough and Eugène of Savoy at the start of the 18th century and Frederick the Great in its second half... His work was still highly regarded a hundred years later." [The Oxford Companion to Military History pp.806-7]. d'Espagnac served under Saxe at Fontenoy, Racoux, Lawfeld and in Holland, and developed his own reputation as a military authority based largely on his study of classical sources, his library on the subject being considered one of the most important of its time. This copy from the Macclesfield Library at Shirburn Castle, with the blind stamp through the prelims. and bookplates to the front endpapers of each volume, that on the pastedown being that of Lieutenant-General George Lane Parker, younger son of the Second Earl, who served for more than twenty years in the 1st Foot Guards. In 1773 at rank of Major-General he was appointed Colonel of the 20th Foot and saw service in the War of Independence. One of his contributions to the Shirburn Castle Library was a remarkable collection of books detailing the professional interests of a soldier in the latter part of the C18th, most of the copies, as here, are large margined, handsomely bound and in a wonderful state of preservation, the folding maps and plates so fresh as to actually resist opening.
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