A Military Course for the Government and Conduct of a Battalion, designed for their Regulations in Quarter, Camp, or Garrison; with Useful Observations and Instructions for their Manner of Attack and Defence.

SIMES, Thomas.

Editorial: London: Printed for the author, 1777, 1777
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Título: A Military Course for the Government and ...

Editorial: London: Printed for the author, 1777

Año de publicación: 1777


Octavo (208 × 128 mm). Contemporary calf, red morocco label to the spine. A little rubbed at the extremities, corners worn, upper joint slightly cracked at the head, small tear and repair to leather on the the upper board, mild offsetting from the frontispiece, very light toning else, a very good copy in unrestored contemporary condition. Hand-coloured engraved frontispiece and 17 similar plates with a total of 20 plans and diagrams, ad leaf for Lochee's System of Military Mathematics bound before the plates, and 14-page subscribers list after the plates. Attractive armorial bookplate of Major John Taubman, speaker of the House of Keys, the Manx Parliament, from 1799 until his death in 1822. He raised the Douglas Volunteers, and was their Major Commandant; he was also a Major in the Isle of Man Volunteers. Second edition, the same year as the first, the dedication dated just nine days after the first (1 October, rather than 22 September). A very timely publication, as Simes stresses in his secondary dedication "To the Officers of the Army": "From the rebellious conduct of the Americans it appears to me that there is a great necessity of publishing something of this kind, for the instruction of the young and unexperienced [sic] officer". In his study of the 18th-century training texts of the British Army, Fit for Service, Houlding is dismissive of Simes's merits as an author and compiler. However, he concedes that Simes's publications did fill a need in the British Army at the time, as is demonstrated by the lengthy and impressive subscribers list appended to the present volume, and that "they served their purpose in providing young officers with a fairly complete catalogue of their duties." Even Col. Edward Harvey, Adjutant-General, though unimpressed, acknowledged the troubles Simes had put himself to in "collecting Several Regulations & Forms of Returns, etc. & in publishing them together", and he knew this to be "of Some Convenience to Young Officers." Houlding, Fit for Service. N° de ref. de la librería 64009

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