Mémoires pour servir à l'Histoire de l'Armée Prussienne, continués jusqu'au Mois de Janvier 1759, accompagnés de l'Etat général de toutes les Troupes Prussiennes, peint et gravé en taille douce, et redigés en ordre par J.F.S.
by [SEYFART (or SEIFERT), Johann Friedrich]
Decorative woodcut initials, tables in the text, & one large engraved folding table heightened in gold & watercolor. 3 p.l., 139,  pp. Small 8vo, cont. red vellum over boards (spine faded to white), sides richly decorated in gilt, a.e.g., fore-edges painted & gauffered. Amsterdam: "Aux depens de la Compagnie," n.d. [1759?]. First edition, in a most attractive decorated binding, of this pioneering survey of the Prussian army. Seyfart (1727-86), a military administrator, was the first to systematically compose biographies of units and generals in the Prussian army. The present work provides detailed histories of units in the order of their creation. It describes infantry, cavalry, dragoon, hussar, garrison, skirmisher, and grenadier units. The finely engraved and large table (approximately 520 mm long), notes the name of every regiment in the Prussian army at the beginning of 1759, as well as the rank of each unit's ranking officer, the colors of the unit uniform (many heightened in gold), and the number of men and horses. At the bottom of the table, Seyfart determines that the Prussian army consists of 204,546 men and 38,562 horses in 121 regiments. Fine copy. 18th-century engraved bookplate of Max Emanuel of Toerring-Jettenbach (1715-73), Bavarian nobleman and president of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.
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