A Selection of works of a Military Nature comprised of Drill Books & Regulations as well as Treatises and Narratives


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An Abridgement of the New Broad Sword Exercize, London, 1797. This interesting work of 34 pp. contains information regarding the evolutions and exercises of the British Cavalry. In the Preface the author makes the point that it is designed to teach one who is desirous of learning the Sword Exercise and of executing several movements on horseback with ease. It contains a series of illustrations explaining such positions as the Sword Arm Protect, Bridle Arm Protect, &c. Additionally, there is an interesting illustration depicting the manner of cuts to be used on or about the enemy's head and/or face. Also bound with the exercise is another work entitled the Six Divisions of Movements as practiced at New Market, which gives explanations of Offensive and Defensive movements. Bound in blue printed wrap. $8.00

Cavalry Exercises of von Steuben or, the Manual Exercize and Evolutions of the Cavalry; As Practiced in the Late American Army, New York, 1794. This work represents Part Two of von Steuben's Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States. This 27 page pamphlet contains all the commands used by the Cavalry, viz. Directions for Forming Companies and Squadrons, Rules for Wheelings, the Manual Exercize on Horseback, Evolutions of the Horse, as well as Instructions for Officers. It is bound in printed blue wrap with the title page printed on the front cover. Re-type set in period format.$7.00

Carter's Commentaries, or the Continental Officers Guide to von Steuben's Drill. This work by Sherwood Carter is the result of more than five years of intensive research, and much care has gone into its design to make it an effective and useful book for the field. The text has been set in Caslon and the binding designed so that the book can be used without any fear of historical anachronism. The work is an historical essay not only on the development of the American Drill System, but also on the development of drill manuals in the 18th century. It is accompanied by a complete series of illustrations displaying each position of the exercise, and is supplemented with an analysis of the drill using modern English usage. It is available in a stiff blue wrap with printed cover, matching the same style as von Steuben's "blue book.".  $30.00.

 An Essay on the Replication of Usage of Field Music by the Continental Army of the United States During the War for Independence. A small pamphlet by James Daniel which covers the beats, and signals used in camp as well as those used by a column on the march, the trooping of the colours and the musical duty of the Continental Army. In addition to these subjects, the work also covers the Regulations of the Continental Army and the standing orders for the Field Music. Also included are the Ceremonies of the Colours as performed in British Regiments. This work is full of information concerning a most important aspect of the re-enacting hobby. The work is bound in a blue wrap with printed title on the cover in an appropriate 18th century style.. $6.00.

The General Review Manoevers: or, the Whole Evolutions of a Battalion of Foot, &c., London, 1779. This 40 page manual is the often read about, but seldom seen 1778 Manual and Exercize that replaced the 1764 drill. The interesting point regarding this manual is that, although it was to be used throughout the British Army, the only forces that did employ it were in Great Britain. Many of the Regiments stationed on the establishment used a variation of this new manual and the old "64 it was to replace. The British forces in America still clung to the old and familiar, if not venerable '64. Bound in a marbled wrap. $14.00

German General Officers Serving in the American Revolution, 1776-1784. This small work, compiled by James C. Corbett lists the German General Officers with short biographical vignettes and brief descriptions of their military service in America. The work should prove interesting to those involved in the "other side" of the hobby. Small pamphlet, printed cover. $6.00.

 A Narrative of an Attempt Made by the French of Canada upon the Mohaques Country, London, 1693. A rare narrative relating the early conflicts between the British in New York and their Indian allies against the French in Canada. The work provides an account of the French strength in Canada, as provided by two Dutchmen who had been French prisoners. The work also provides an account of the successful expedition against the French. An original early account of the growing conflict between England and France for North America. $10.00.

A Narrative of the Operations of the Fleet, London, 1779. This is a candid narrative of the transactions of the British fleet under Lord Howe. It covers the period from the arrival of the Toulon Squadron, to the time of his Lordship's departure for England. The work was written by an officer then serving in the fleet and is intended to be an apologia for Lord Howe. Additionally, there is mention made of several regiments, including the 23rd, and contains accounts of grenadiers and light infantry being pressed to serve as marines. There is a folding plan of the fleet within Sandy-Hook in 1778 and contains reflections of the action at Monmouth. Stitiched and bound in marbled wrap as per the original. $16.00.

Considerations on the American War, by Joseph Williams, London, 1782.The author served four years in the colonies, and twenty in the army. He offers here, his observations as an officer as to how the war could have been won. Critiques are offered on Howe, Burgoyne and others regarding their prosecution of the war. An interesting work with a chillingly different perspective. Bound in marbled wrap, large size, $18.00.

The Light Infantry Exercise of 1797. Although Light Infantry Companies had been raised and utilized throughout the century, very little appeared in print concerning their use and/or tactics. It was not until the army experienced the effectiveness of French light tactics in the campaigns of Flanders in 1793-94, that army wide efforts were made to stimulate the development of a more formal training system. In 1797 printed copies of the short Light Infantry Drill were distributed by the Adjutant General's Office to all corps.This is that work and is the first crown-sanctioned and authorized published work on the subject. The work, is actually a shortened and abridged version of the work that follows and is packed with information. Bound stitched as issued. $6.00

The Regulations for the Exercise of Riflemen and Light Infantry, London, 1799. This work, written by a Prussian officer in the service of Great Britain was authorized for adoption by the British Army as its official Regulation for the use of Light Troops. It was the only complete Regulation authorized by the Crown and was plagiarized by Cooper and Barber. It is an extremely rare work, despite its wide use with only a handful of originals still extant. The work contains plates displaying the movement of troops and formations as well as bugle calls. A must work for anyone interested in Light Infantry and its organization. Bound in a marbled wrap, $20.00

The Manual Exercise of 1764 . Probably the most famous drill manual of the period in as much as it was the drill of choice of many American units before von Steuben's Regulations and it was the established drill of the British forces in America throughout the war. We offer this work in two editions. A larger edition with two folding plates printed in New York in 1775. The other edition is a small pocket version without plates that was printed in London in 1770 and is ideal for the haversack or pocket. Both are stitched as issued.

Large edition, $12.00

Pocket edition$6.00

The Regulations of 1757, New York, 1757.This work should be of interest to those studying the evolution of the drill manual of the 18th century, as well as to those who have an interest in the French War. This work was prepared by the Duke of Cumberland, and his Adjutant Robert Napier, and Lt. Col. Alexander Drury of the First Foot Guards. This edition is that printed at New York in 1757 and is the platoon exercise. It is 13 pages, printed in double column and is side stitched as issued.$7.00

Regulation for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, Philadelphia, 1779. This is the famous "blue book" of von Steuben as it was published in Philadelphia in 1779 for use at Valley Forge. This is the first edition of the work, not that issued by Dover Press which is the 1792 edition. This work is indispensable for those wishing to do an accurate portrayal of the American Army during its formative period. The work is complete, with full page folding plates in the back just as they appear in the original from which this work was reproduced. The work is bound in a blue re-enforced printed wrap, stitched and glued for extra strength. The endpapers are reprints of the Pennsylvania Magazine which were also used in the original as Congress did not want to spend additional monies on unused paper, $30.00

The Mutiny Act of 1807.This is a Napoleonic period version of the above act and is a much larger edition with an Index. It is ideal for those wishing to do research on the British army organization during the Napoleonic period and adds a nice touch to those wishing to enhance their War of 1812 impression. Bound in marbled wraps, $18.00. Small book format.

Articles of War, 1778.The official rules and articles for the better Government of His Majesty's Horse and Foot Guards and all other forces. This reprint is taken from the London edition of 1778 and contains a special section for the troops in America. These articles are often mentioned in reports and writings of the period, but are seldom seen in their entirety. The work contains a handy Index and is bound in marbled wraps. $12.00

Articles of War, 1807. This work is provided as a companion to the Mutiny Act of 1807, listed above. This edition of the Articles were issued the year prior to the Peninsular War and were very likely in use during that period. Additionally they should prove interesting to those with an interest in the evolution of the Articles from the mid-18th century to its close. Bound in marbled wraps. $16.00

Washington's Numeric Dictionary, or the Continental Army's First Code Book.. This is a reproduction of the code book that was drawn up for Washington by Major Benjamin Tallmadge, who served as Washington's Chief of Intelligence. There is a brief description of the use of codes in the 18th century. The work contains a listing of words and how they can be used to devise a code for use in the field. Bound in a blue wrap with printed cover, stitched.. $5.00.


A Sketch of a Tactick for the Column & the Battalion of Monsieur de Folard.This work, published in Dublin in 1731 is a rare transition manual and drill book. The work presented here was translated with commentary by Rochfort McNeale and is dedicated interestingly enough to the Earl of Orkney, &c., &c, General of His Majesty's Foot Forces and Governor of Virginia. The work is important in that it displays the transition of the use of the pike to the bayonet by explaining how they are to be dispersed within lines for attack and defense. The work also contains information on the use of grenadiers within the formations. There are 8 plates on 5 pages, with interesting engravings and cartouches. Folard's works were considered to be among the best in France, although there was difficulty in getting them into the hands of British Officer Corps due to a nativistic contempt on things French. McNeale was one of the few officers who saw the value in Folard and did his best to disseminate it as much as possible. The work is important because of the insight it provides regarding the evolutionary development of field tactics based upon the new technology of the bayonet.

In marbled wrap, $25.00

Considerations Upn the Different Modes of Finding Recruits for the Army. This small work first appeared in 1775. It provides an interesting look at the problems faced by the crown in finding sutiable recruits for the service. It dispels the myth that recruiters would take any "live body." Bound and stitched as issued.$6.00

Plan for Conducting the Quartermaster General's Department, As agreed to in Congress, July 15, 1780. Published in Phildelphia in 1789, this small work from the Morristown National Park collection, became the organizational outline for the American forces. It gives a great amount of detail concerning the amount of forage, the number of wagons, the distribution of supplies and the duties of the various officers in the Quartermaster's Department. This is the first, and only edition of these regulations published during the Revolutionary War. Stitched as issued. $6.00

Cuthbertson's System for the Complete Interior Management and Oeconomy of a Battalion of Infantry, by Bennett Cuthbertson.This 192 page work is complete with 16 plates and is considered to be one of the best works on organizational regimental practices. Its chapters are well organized and cover all aspects of regimental organization and routine. The work first appeared in 1768 and went through numerous editions and was written by Cuthbertson to fill the gap that had been created by Bland's obsolescence. The work is bound in a re-enforced 18th century style paper binding, $35.00

Pickering's Plan for the Discipline of the Militia, by Thomas Pickering. This famous work, first published in 1775 is truly an "American" drill manual and gives the best explanation of the 1764 drill extant. It has numerous plates, charts, and diagrams, including that for the making of a Pickering tool and the placement of the feet while drilling. Available in an 18th century style paper version, with printed stiffended wrap, re-enforced with pasted endpapers and side stitched as per period.$35.00

The Science of Military Posts.This work was published in London in 1761 and is considered by many experts to be one of the best written and explanatory treatises of the art of the petite guerre. It is considered a classic for the use of detached parties, and for this reason it is ideal for use by re-enactors as the information contained in it is written for detached parties of 6 or fewer men. It provides detailed descriptions for the speedy construction of breastworks and redoubts, for the taking of small villages, the blocking of river fords, night raids, &c. The work has one folding plate and is bound in an 18th century style paper binding with printed cover. $30.00

The Military Medley.This work by Thomas Simes, one of the most prolific military writers of the 18th century, is the first of his triology of books and is bursting with information of the period. This treatise has long been sought after and those who are fortunate to have an original guard them jealously. Bound in an 18th century period style paper binding.$45.00

Elements of Field Fortification. This work, written by Lochee and published in 1789 is a fine companion piece to his work on camps. The book illustrates all aspects of major fortification and was drawn principally from Vauban, who was considered the dean of military engineering. The work has 7 folding plans and is bound in an 18th century style paper binding. $30.00

Essay on Castrametation.Lochee's 80 page treatise is crammed with information for the correct manner of erecting a military camp, from the construction of tents and officer marquis to the layout of streets and the disposition of cavalry. It served as the basis for the British forces throughout the war and was also utilized by American troops. It contains 9 folding plans and is bound in marbled wraps. The work was printed in London in 1778. $18.00

The Military Dictionary of 1768 . This 80 page dictionary gives the 18th century definitions of words ranging from Adjutant-General to Zig-zag and contains much useful and little know information, ie. proofing of guns. It first appeared in Simes' Military Medley where it appeared as a supplement Available in marbled wraps. $15.00

The Narrative of Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Clinton, K.B.. This 112 page work details Clinton's conduct during the American War, especially in regards to the disastrous campaign of 1781 and is valuable for its appendix of letters to Lord George Germaine, Cornwallis, Admiral Graves, and others. The fourth edition, London, 1783, marbled wrap, $20.00

Extracts from the Marine Practice of Physik and Surgery, Including the Nature and Treatment of Gunshot Wounds. This 50 page work was printed by Bell in Philadelphia in 1776 and is an extract from a larger work. Perhaps it was printed to meet the need of the anticipated war with the mother country. In any event, it treat rather extensively with gunshot wounds and their treatments, as well as being a great source of information regarding naval medicine and hygiene. Written by Ranby who was the equivalent of the Surgeon General to the British Army. This is a must have work for anyone interested in 18th century military medicine. A nice companion piece to this work is Jones' work on wounds and fractures listed below. Bound in marbled wrap, $14.00

Plain Concise, Practical Remarks on the Treatment of Wounds and Fractures, by John Jones, MD.This rare work of 113 pages wa printed in New York in 1776 and contains much detailed information of the treatment of wounds and fractures as well as hints on the design and use of military hospitals. Among the chapters included are, Penetrating Wounds of the Thorax and Abdomen, Of Simple Fractures, Of Compound Fractures, On Amputation, Of Gun-shot Wounds, &c. The work is available in a marbled wrap, $18.00

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