Edinburgh: Sands, Donaldson, Murray, and Cochran, 1759. Leather-bound. TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH. 8vo. Full contemporary calf with contrasting (though faded) spine label. Five raised bands (six compartments) Scuffing, rubbing,peeling and general wear to leather. Joints cracked but cords holding. Remarkably rugged, structurally, given the 250+ years this book has been kicking around. Bookplate of Princess Louise's Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, a line infantry regiment of the British Army dating from 1881 until amalgamation into the Royal Regiment of Scotland 2006, which itself is affixed over a dated (1810) notation "Culcreuch", the name of a 15th-century tower house which was extended in the 18th century and later turned into a hotel (other words not visible because of the large 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" bookplate.). 13 lovely, folding plates at rear. Clean copy, except for three or four pages with bracketing in light pencil. Good Plus. Item #83308
Barely out of boyhood, from the age of 12, Maurice seemed destined to evolve into a great military leader, and indeed, his enormous courage, strategic intelligence and even deep understanding of the national psyche of his enemies, proved almost universally effective. Saxe studied, embraced espoused, taught and practiced military affairs from a systemic standpoint of "reasoned criticism and intellectual treatment...[Maurice} also challenged traditional French military thinking "in arguing for a greater focus on mobile warfare, rather than fortifications..." (Wikipedia).