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Polybe, Folard, Thuillier - Histoire de Polybe - 1727/1730

Polybe, Folard, Thuillier - Histoire de Polybe - 1727/1730

Very crisp copy (without freckles) and pleasantly bound, rare in this condition.

First edition of this important work marking a stage in the theorization of the military arts. Indeed, the soldier and strategist, Jean-Charles de Folard (1669-1752) under the guise of giving a new version of the work by the Greek historian, develops his ideas by commenting Polybius’ text.

Beautifully illustrated copy in first print, of 129 engraved non-text plates (frontispiece included), including 75 leaflets, as well as several engraved headers:

t.1 : portrait + 41 plates including 23 leaflets // T.2 : 36 plates, including 18 fold-outs // T.3 : 17 plates, including 12 fold-outs // T.4 : 22 plates, including 12 fold-outs // T.5 : 9 plates, including 7 fold-outs // T.6 : 3 fold-out plates.

Contains the famous treatise on the column, military formation that Folard invented, and the treatise on the attack and defence of the Ancients’ regions.

Period bindings in glazed calf havana porphyry, spine with 5 raised bands decorated with caissons with gilded irons, mosaic labels. Gilded fillet rolls on the cover edges. Speckled red edges.

Condition: bindings in good general condition, defects from use: lack of fragments for 4 caps, friction on the covers, corners and edges of covers. Pierced corners. Fresh interiors, boards in very good condition, some browned sheets, clean copy, free of freckles or very rare and not very visible. A very nice copy.

Polybe, Folard, Thuillier
‎Histoire de Polybe, Nouvellement traduit du grec par Dom Vincent THUILLIER, Bénédictin de la Congrégation de Saint Maur. Avec un Commentaire ou Un corps de Science Militaire, Enrichi, de Notes Critiques et Historiques, ou Toutes les Grandes Parties de la Guerre, soit par l'Offensive, soit par la Défensive, sont expliquées, démontrées, & représentées en Figures. Ouvrage très-utile non seulement aux Officiers Généraux, mais même à tous ceux qui suivent le parti des armes. By M. De Folard, Chevalier de l'Ordre militaire de Saint Louis, Mestre de Camp d'Infanterie (6 volumes, 129 plates)
Published in Paris, Chez Pierre Gandouin; Julien-Michel Gandouin; Pierre-François Giffart; Nicolas-Pierre Armand, 1727-1730
6 quarto volumes of 26 x 20 cm; lxxx-279 pp. 3 f. + xlii p. 280-473 pp. + xlii p. 5 f. 1 pl. 434 pp. 1 f. + xlviii 1 pl. 482 pp. 1 f. + xxxviii-508 pp. + c-558 pp. 1 f.

In 1753 the supplement (not included here) to this copy was published: " Supplément à l'Histoire de Polybe. Avec le Commentaire militaire de Monsieur le Chevalier de Folard contenant les nouvelles découvertes sur la guerre"

Object Book
Number of Books 6
Subject 129 boards, Fine Bindings, Illustrated, Militaria, Technology, War history
Author/ Illustrator Polybe, Folard, Thuillier
Book Title Histoire de Polybe
Condition Very good
Publication year oldest item 1727
Publication year youngest item 1730
Edition 1st Edition
Language French
Original language Yes
Binding/ Material Leather
Number of pages 1000
Dimensions 26×20 cm
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