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PUYSEGUR, Le Marechal de.

Art de la Guerre,

par principes et par règles. Ouvrage de ... Mis au jour par M. Le Marquis de Puysegur, son fils.

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Charles-Antoine Jombert, Paris, 1748

Superb example of Puysegur's important art of war from the library of the Russian Tsar.

This classic work on warfare balances traditional enthusiasm for models from Classical History and examples of individual bravery, with a suitable emphasis on the increasing importance of firepower and a well-deployed artillery. Part I describes the rules of formation and movement in battle, and part II puts these rules into action in an imagined battle between the Seine and the Loire.

The work was compiled by Marshal Jacques-François de Chastenet de Puységur (1656 – 1743), who served with distinction as the most experienced Marshal of Louis XIV. A lifetime of experience combined with devoted study of the classic texts on warfare went into his Art de la Guerre. His son, who also became a Marshal of France, published his father's classic on war posthumously.



First edition; two parts in 1 vol; folio (43 x 29 cm). Frontispiece, title, pp. [12], 196; title, pp. 244, [2], with 41 engraved plans and maps, most double page, including large folding map of Paris; tear to corner of one leaf without affecting the text. Contemporary red morocco gilt, gilt monogram to covers, spine in seven compartments, green morocco label to second, others richly gilt, raised bands, all edges gilt.


Cohen de Ricci 830 ('superbe portrait').

Stock ID:86614

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