Dictionnaire Historique des Sièges et des Batailles mémorables de l'histoire ancienne ou Anecdotes Militaires de tous les peuples du monde 3 volumes. Complete.
Paris: Chez Vincent, 1771. Three volumes. 1st Edition. Contemporary full leather. 6 raised bands to spines with gilt detail and burgundy labels. Marbled end papers. Plan of the Battle of Fontenoy in volume 2. The Table Alphabetique is to the end of volume 1.
175 by 110mm (7 by 4¼ inches).
xxxii, 670, ., 702., 352. pp. Very interesting dictionary, its purpose being to list all the great battles of ancient and modern history; there are even several entrances to America (Quebec, Louisbourg, Rio, Cartagena de Indias). In addition, the notes are quite remarkably written, and are not mere definitions: "Similar to those destructive torrents that overthrow everything that stands in the way of their impetuous course, the disciples of Muhammad carried desolation and death to the provinces of the Roman Empire."
Condition: Overall in excellent condition, with a touch of rubbing / creasing to the spines only. Slight bowing to the board of volume 1. Volume 3 has a ring (from glass) to front board. Internally clean and tidy. Sporadic but light foxing / darkening to pages.