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The Life and Military Actions of His Royal Highness

Francis Eugene, Prince of Savoy

By Unknown

1735 - London - T Read

7" by 5"; [7] , 220pp


 

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A scarce biography on this Imperial Army general.

Prince Eugene of Savoy was a statesman of the Holy Roman Empire, the Archduchy of Austria and one of the most successful military commanders in modern European history. He held one of the highest offices of state at the Imperial court in Vienna. He served three Holy Roman Emperors and saw many battles including fighting against the Ottoman Turks at the Siege of Vienna, the War of the Holy League and in the Nine Years' War. Other wars include The War of The Spanish Succession and the Austro-Turkish War.

This work is extremely scarce, and is the first edition. Its author is unknown. There was a subsequent edition, according to the ESTC catalogue, published in 1736. 

The author of this work is not stated. However, the dedication is to Lieutenant General Wade. George Wade was a British Army officer who served in the Nine Years' War, War of Spanish Succession, Jacobite rising of 1715 and the War of Quadruple Alliance. All wars that Francis Eugene also served. 

This work not only documents the life of a popular general, but also gives an insight into a fascinating period of military history. 

With the bookplate of James Brodie of Brodie, 21st Thane and Chief of Clan Brodie to the front pastedown. Brodie was a Scottish politician and botanist. He served in parliament as the MP for Elginshire for several years and was also Lord Lieutenant of Nairn. His work in the field of botany was focused on cryptogamic flora and he discovered a number of new species. He was a fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Society. The genus Brodiaea is named in his honour. 

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Externally, smart. Hand written spine label. Small patches of rubbing to the joints and extremities. Loss to the head of spine. Crack to the head and tail of front joint. Small crack to the head and tail of rear joint also. Both hinges are strained but firm. Lacking rear endpaper.  Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown, James Brodie of Brodie Esq. Evidence of worming to the bottom of front pastedown and to the bottom of front endpaper, very minor. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned to edges. Spots to the first and last few pages. Large spots to pages 193-213 otherwise occasional light spots. Overall: GOOD.


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