[Rules and regulations for the field exercise and manoeuvres of infantry]
Atlas volume only, square small 4to
by [MILITARY, United States] - [Winfield SCOTT (1786-1866)]
[Concord, NH, 1817. Atlas volume only, square small 4to. (7 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches). 41 engraved folding plates (numbered I-XL, with plate XXXV printed in two parts on two sheets). Extra-illustrated with a duplicate of plate VIII. Contemporary half sheep and blue paper covered boards Provenance: Thomas M. Marsh (signature dated 1822) Scarce series of illustrations of early American infantry tactics developed by Winfield Scott. Following the War of 1812, realizing a need for more modern military tactics, Winfield Scott presided over a board of military officers to produce a new set of rules and regulations to replace those developed by Baron von Steuben, which had been used by the U.S. military since the American Revolution. In 1815, borrowing from the French system then in use, Scott first published Rules and Regulations for the Field Exercise and Manoeuvers (New York: 1815). A second edition would be published two years later in Concord, presumably using the same copperplates for the atlas. Given that the present volume is signed by an early owner from Quincy, Massachusetts, this atlas is likely from the second edition. In both editions, J. D. Stout, of New York, is named as the engraver of the first plate. Cf. Shaw & Shoemaker 36412.
(Inventory #: 30555)
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