The commentaries of Messire Blaize de Montluc, mareschal of France: wherein are describ'd all the combats, rencounters, skirmishes, battels, sieges, assaults, scalado's, the taking and surprizes of towns and fortresses, as also the defences of the assault

MONTLUC, Blaise seigneur de (c.1500-1577).

Published by London : Printed by Andrew Clark for Henry Brome ., MDCLXXIV, 1674
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Small folio (306 x 193mm). [xviii], 404pp., [i.e. 400], [xii], with advertisement: p. [18]. Errors in paging: p. 15, 117 misprinted 17, 107, p. 377-380 omitted in paging only, and with errata p. [17]. Woodcut initials. Title printed in red and black. Translated by Charles Cotton. Dedicatory poems by Cotton, Thomas Flatman, and Richard Newcourt. Mid 19th-century deluxe full green morocco by Henry Hering of Oxford, covers elaborately gilt with the arms and motto of Montluc (Marshal of France), marbled endpapers, gilt turn-ins, edges gilt; (lacking frontispiece, right margin repair to p. 17, some light toning; joints tender, extremities lightly rubbed). From the famed Rufford Abbey library in Nottinghamshire, bookplate on front-free endpaper. First Edition in English. A pleasing copy in a beautiful binding. Blaise de Montluc (1501-1577), marshal of France, painstakingly narrates his 50 years of military action, first as a simple soldier and finally as Franceís highest officer. And, as the title suggests, he provides a military history of techniques of combat from the period from 1521-1576. Henry IV called the work ìthe breviary of soldiers.î Among the most notable episodes of Montluc's chronicle are the battle of Cerisolles in Piedmont, the defense of besieged Siena, and the battle of La Rochelle. The work gives a vivid depiction of warfare of the period as well as the author himself in his role as warrior. He fought in the front ranks throughout his career and was often wounded. The translator, Charles Cotton (1630-1697), was an accomplished poet; the best known of his translations is the classic English version of Montaigne. He also contributes a dedication to the Earl of Chesterfield, an address to the reader, and a poem on Montluc in his commentaries. WingM2506; Lowndes II, 1594; Graesse IV, 593. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The commentaries of Messire Blaize de ...
Publisher: London : Printed by Andrew Clark for Henry Brome ., MDCLXXIV
Publication Date: 1674
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good

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