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    [Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben]. Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States. Part I [only part published]. Philadelphia: Printed by Styner and Cist, 1779. First edition. Twelvemo (7 x 4.25 inches; 178 x 108 mm). [1-4], 5-154, [9] pages. Eight folding plates (plate I missing half; plate IV mostly lost). Bound in original quarter calf with paper boards, with spine and boards worn and scuffed. Name, probably of previous owner, written on front cover. Internally sound, with slight toning. Dampstaining on bottom of first 24 pages. Pages from the February 1775 issue of The Pennsylvania Magazine used as endleaves and front and rear flyleaves. Volume is housed in a custom-made cloth protective folder inside a custom-made cloth box. Overall good. Sabin 91395, Howes S-951, Evans 16627.

    First edition of the first official manual of the army of the United States. The German-born Steuben, who served as inspector general of the Continental Army, was trained in the highly disciplined military system developed under Frederick the Great. Commissioned by the Continental Congress, Steuben's manual became the standard text for the United States Army into the early 19th century. Numerous editions were printed by 1800.

    A good copy of this first edition of this military manual written for the use of American troops during the Revolutionary War.

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