THE SPIRIT OF MILITARY INSTITUTIONS OR, ESSENTIAL PRINCIPLES OF THE ART OF WAR (Revised, Corrected Edition) ; Translated from the Latest Edtion, Revised and Corrected by the Author: With Illustrative Notes, by Henry Coppee
Marmont, Marshal (Duke of Ragusa)
Price: 550.00 USD
Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott & Co, 1862. 272 pp. plus 8 pp. of ads. Brown, elaborately-tooled cloth boards with recent work by our conservationist - rebacked, (the few library markings and pocket which were present expertly removed) and a lovely wraparound spine of rich, dark brown leather. Five raised bands delineated by gilt, oak leaf emboss to each section of spine. Period-correct red leather label and gilt-stamped 1862 to very bottom. Lovely, scarce volume on the art and conduct of war. Two inscriptions to front free endpaper: 1) "Capt. P.B. Johnson A.Q.M. * January 14, 1864" 2) "Presented by Heir December 1874" *AQM = Assistant Quartermaster Captain Johnson was a well-known newspaper correspondent and Republican activist in the states of Washington and Oregon, becoming editor and (soon thereafter) sole owner of the Walla Walla (Washington) union, at some point working for the Portland Oregonian, and finally giving up his financial interest oin the Walla Walla paper in 1890. First published in Paris in 1845, as DE L' ESPRIT DES INSTITUTIONS MILITAIRES, this English translation comprises "a condensation of these principles, not gathered from books, but presented from the author's experience of campaigns in which he played important parts, and on battle-fields of which he was an eye-witness, and, in many cases, a commander of the highest grade..." Two years after publication of the 1864 edition Marmont's classic was adopted by the Confederate Army as an official military manual. Augustus Frederick Louis Viesse De Marmont (1774-1852), was a sub-lieutenant before he was sixteen years of age -- indeed, he wrote: "...The Army was my cradle; I have passed my life in its ranks..." He was a soldier's soldier, and his list of military engagements reads like a veritable telephone book. Revised Edition. Very Good.