Lot of 132 large folding illustrations of famous battles, deployments and military operations. Both attack and defence manoeuvres, with demonstrations and practical representations.
Military Science taken from Polybius’ Histories and interpreted by M. de FOLARD, Knight of the Military Order of Saint Louis, Field Master of the King.
“Very useful work not only for General Officers but also for all those involved in the arms trade”. Large illustrated work in six volumes and a supplement. Seven volumes altogether.
Richly illustrated French edition of ‘Polibius Historiarum libri quinque’, published by Folard, renowned French officer and military theorist. His plates depicting the new battle schemes, inspired by Polybius’ Histories, were famous throughout the 18th century. The approach of battles based on the use of breakthrough columns contrasted with the traditional pattern of deploying infantry in a linear formation.
His ideas paved the way for a new understanding of the art of warfare, transforming pitched battles in formation into wars of movement according to a strategic plan widely used later by Napoleon: Brunet IV, 791.
Full leather bindings, recently redone blank leather spines. Signs of wear to the covers. Ex libris. Stains and small notes. Two-tone title pages, printed in red and black. 132 large high-quality engraved (many folding) plates, maps and diagrams of military camps and lineups, ships, soldiers, troops, encampments, elephants and a couple of wonderful engraved headpieces.
First Volume -  Frontis, frontispiece  I-xxiv i-c  I-242 - Frontis plus 39 plates.
Second Volume - Half title, frontispiece i-xxii  I-336  - 35 plates.
Third Volume - Half title, frontispiece, i-XXIV,  I-314 - 17 plates.
Fourth Volume - Half title, frontispiece v-xxv  I-368  - 21 plates.
Fifth Volume - Half title, frontispiece. v-XXVIII, I-414 - 7 plates.
Sixth Volume - Half title, frontispiece v-lxiv, I-578  - 2 plates.
Supplemento - Frontispiece  iii-xii I-273 - Engraved frontispiece plus 9 plates.
Polybius (in ancient Greek: Πολύβιος, Polýbios; (Megalopolis, c. 206 BC – Greece, 118 BC) was an ancient Greek historian.
He studied in particular the rise of the power of the Roman Republic, which he attributed to the honesty of the Romans and to the excellence of their civic and military institutions. In his Histories, his account of the Second Punic War and of the Third Punic War between Rome and Carthage, as well as the period of Empire, are particularly important.
HISTOIRE DE POLYBE
Nouvellement Traduite Du Grec
Par Dom VINCENT THUILLIER, Bénédictin de la Congregation 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 pour l’Offensive, soit pour 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.
Par M. de FOLARD, Chevalier de l’Ordre Militaire de Saint Louis, Mestre de Camp d’Infanterie.
Nouvelle Edition revue, corrigee & augmentee d’un Suplement.
A. AMSTERDAM Chez ZACHARIE CHATELAIN ET FILS - M DCC LIX (1759).
- Number of Books
- History, Militaria
- Author/ Illustrator
- Polibio / Thullier
- Book Title
- Histoire de Polybe
- Publication year oldest item
- Illustrated Edition
- Original language
- AMSTERDAM Chez ZACHARIE CHATELAIN ET FILS M DCC LIX
- Binding/ Material
- tipped in plates
- Number of pages
- 269×212 mm