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SIMES, Thomas. A military course for the government and conduct of a battalion, designed For their Regulations in quarter, camp, or garrison; with useful observations and instructions For their Manner of attack and defence.

London. Printed for the Author, 1777. Second edition.
8vo. [32], 286pp, [2]. With a hand-coloured engraved frontispiece, 20 hand-coloured engraved plates (on 17 leaves), a list of subscribers, and a terminal leaf of publisher's advertisements. Contemporary calf, contrasting red calf lettering-piece. Rubbed, joints split, chipping to spine. Partially excised armorial bookplate to FEP, early inked ownership inscription to recto of FFEP, scattered spotting.
The second edition, printed in the same year as the first, of an authoritative British Army drill manual, containing useful advice on the daily duties of military officers, from maintaining discipline, to practical guidance on bookkeeping and signalling. The author states in his secondary dedication 'To the Officers of the Army': 'From the rebellious conduct of the Americans it appears to me that there is a great necessity of publishing something of this kind, for the instruction of the young and unexperienced [sic] officer'.
ESTC N4486.
£ 450.00 Antiquates Ref: 22808