FENCING. - Gomard (A.-J.-J. Possellier, dit).... - Lot 90 - Ferri & Associés

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FENCING. - Gomard (A.-J.-J. Possellier, dit).... - Lot 90 - Ferri & Associés
FENCING. - Gomard (A.-J.-J. Possellier, dit). L'Escrime à la baïonnette ou Ecole du fantassin pour le maniement du fusil comme arme blanche. P., 1847. In-8, red flesh, ornate spine, decoration and crowned numeral on covers, framed with 3 inner threads, white moire endpapers, gilt tr. (Contemporary binding). Unpublished work, decorated with 36 plates drawn after nature by A. Décaen. EXEMPLAIRE AU CHIFFRE COURONNE DU MARECHAL SOULT, DUC DE DALMATIE, in an attractive romantic binding by Héritier, with autograph dispatch from the author and a letter addressed to the Maréchal (one page in-4) concerning the work. The 36 hors-texte figures have been finely watercolored. It is interesting to compare the subject of this work with Marshal Soult's famous reply to Bellegarde, who summoned him to surrender at the Siege of Genoa in 1799: "The French never surrender as long as they have bayonets". From the library of Maréchal Soult (ex-libris, sale February 20, 1978, cat. no. 71).
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