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Extremely rare Spanish edition of a classic military treatise

BRANCACCIO, Lelio (Ildefonso SCAVINO, translator).
Cargos y preceptos militares. Para salir con brevedad famoso, y valiente soldado, assi en la infanteria, cavalleria, como artilleria ...
Mechelen, John Jaye, 1671 Small 4to. With woodcut device above colophon. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, sewn on 5 supports. [8], 262, [2] pp.
€ 1,800
Extremely rare second Spanish edition of the military treatise I carichi militari by the Neapolitan commander of the Habsburg armies in Italy, the Low Countries and Catalonia and aide-de-camp to Albert, Archduke of Austria, first published in Italian at Antwerp in 1610. The first Spanish edition appeared in 1639 and the third in 1710. It describes the duties and functions of soldiers and generals of the infantry, cavalry and artillery, as well as the sovereign's responsibility to ensure order within the military.
Contemporary handwritten owners inscription on the title-page struck through. Later in the collection of Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe (1862-1956), commander of the Territorial Army and president of the Society for Army History Research. The invoice he received from Grafton & Co is loosely inserted. Binding with some water stains, hinges cracked. A few minor marginal defects, including tiny holes in the fore-edge margin of the first 75 leaves, not touching the text; a few marks in pencil. Almost unobtainable edition of a standard work: no other copy of any edition in auction records. Palau 263; Peeters-Fontainas, Impressions Espagnoles 163; STCV 6915169 (1 copy); cf. WorldCat 1080018040, 947006762 & 9089919460 (listing only electronic copies, but citing 2 live copies).
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