GUIBERT Jacques-Antoine- 3 autograph MANUSCRIPTS,... - Lot 707 - Drouot Estimations

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GUIBERT Jacques-Antoine- 3 autograph MANUSCRIPTS,... - Lot 707 - Drouot Estimations
GUIBERT Jacques-Antoine- 3 autograph MANUSCRIPTS, [circa 1760?]; sewn-in-4 notebook of 28 pages (plus some blank ff.), 9 1/2 pages and 6 pages in-4, with some erasures and corrections. Formation des troupes, Notebook of reading notes by military writers, probably written as part of research for his Essai général de tactique (1772). It includes ancient Greeks: Thucydides, Onosander, Arrien, Polybius, Plutarch (Lives of Illustrious Men); the Roman tactician Vegetius, abundantly quoted; moderns such as Le Cointe (Comments on Xenophon's Retreat of the Ten Thousand, 1766), Field Marshal Count von Flemming ("German Soldier" [The Perfect German Soldier, where he is treated of all the science of war, 1726], much appreciated), Of Desertion ("petit in 12. 1766" [by M. D******]), Friedrich Spanheim (The Swedish Soldier), the Marshal of Puységur ("Memoirs" [Art of War by Principles and Rules, 1748]), the Baron of Bielfeld (Political Institutions, 1760), Montecucculi, Abbé Raynal, the Memoirs of the Royal Academy of Surgery, etc.), and the French army ("Le Soldat suédois" [The Swedish Soldier]). Here are a few entries: "The Greek army that laid siege to Troyes was much less considerable than the poets wrote. The ships of the Greeks clean while brigantines who still follow the courses and carry no more than fifty men. There were about a thousand of them. So it would have been one of our ordinary armies. But Homer made it simple. A poet is not a historian" (Thucydides). (Thucydides). "The soldier is paid at present in France more or less as he was paid in the time of Henry IV, although there is much more money in the kingdom ... There are no more wars than in France, where deserters are punished with death" (Of desertion) ... Etc. Memorandum to be read in the first session of the assembly of the inspectors of Cav[aleri]e, [1774]. Inaugural speech to be pronounced in an assembly charged to discuss the means of perfecting the constitution and the tactics of the cavalry... Political pr
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