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Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States. Part I [all published]
Nathaniel Patten, Hartford 1783 - (6 x 3 3/4 inches). 108pp. Eight engraved folding plates. Contemporary calf, expertly rebacked to style, red morocco lettering piece Provenance: George Remsen (signature dated 1789) The principal military manual of the American Revolution. The German-born Steuben, well trained in the highly disciplined military system developed under Frederick the Great, served as inspector general of the Continental Army. In this capacity, he wrote his Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States on orders from the Continental Congress. First published in 1779, the work became the standard text for the Continental Army and the United States Army into the early 19th century. Fifty editions, abridgements, extracts, and adaptations were printed before 1800. Steuben's contribution to American independence cannot be underestimated. "He was unrivaled among the citizens of the new nation as an expert on military affairs. His introduction of European military concepts to the Continental army marks the beginning of a truly professional military tradition in the United States" (ANB). Rarely found with the folding plates intact and in good condition, as the present example. Evans 18267; Sabin 91395; Howes S951, "aa"; Trumbull, J.H. Connecticut, 1416; ESTC W22971.
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