· Madrid
There were two 1774 editions of this manual for the Spanish cavalry and dragoons: one was a quarto with folding plates, the other this pocket, unillustrated octavo — clearly, the more personal, portable production and the one more vulnerable to destruction. It begins with general trumpet and drum calls for field, camp, and battle and proceeds to those specific for certain maneuvers, for the dragoons, etc. It then moves on to formations, and ends with instructions for movements on foot and for the use of carbines.
Searches of NUC, WorldCat, and CCPBE locate => only two copies of this octavo edition worldwide, in the national libraries of Spain and Chile.
Not in Palau, but see 255857 for the quarto edition. Contemporary mottled sheep with gilt spine extra and marbled endpapers; spine chipped, binding lightly abraded. Front hinge (inside) open; text block firmly attached to binding. Some very light waterstaining and one short marginal note; a nice, clean copy. (Inventory #: 36365)