Jean Charles, Chevalier Folard. Histoire de Polybe. Nouvellement traduite du Grec par Dom Vincent Thuillier.... Avec un commentaire ou un corps de science militaire, enrichi de notes critiques et historiques, ou toutes les grandes parties de la guerre, soit pour l'Offensive, soit pour la Défensive, sont expliquées, démontrées, & représentées en Figures. Ouvrage très-utilie non seulement aux Officiers Généraux, mais même à tous ceux qui suivent le parti des armes. Paris: Gandouin, 1728-30.

    First edition. Six octavo volumes. lxxiv, lxxx, 279; xlii, 280-749; xlii, 434; xlviii, 482; xxxviii, 508; c, 558 pages. Frontispiece. 139 plates, many folding.

    Contemporary full calf. Raised bands. Gilt-stamped designs to spine. All but one gilt-stamped title label missing. Minor foxing. Joints and hinges starting, but cords holding firm. Bookplates to front pastedowns of all volumes. Very good.

    Folard, a French soldier, was enamored of the writings of Greek historian and military tactician Polybius, and in this lengthy commentary, Folard expressed his own theories concerning military tactics. Though Folard's theories failed to gain much support among his military peers, this work is certainly remarkable for the dozens of stunning engravings of battle formations and siege machines.

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