DE LA DEFENSE DES PLACES FORTES, by M. Carnot - 1810 [1st ed.]


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De la Defense des Places Fortes

by M. Carnot [Lazare Nicolas Marguerite]

First edition, in French.  Paris:  Courcier, 1810  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Contemporary half calf covers feature speckled paper, with spine ornamented in gilt. 
  • Boards show some age, wear at shoulders, some warping, scuffing, dings, edgewear.  Corners are bumped and frayed, with exposed board.  See photos. 
  • Spine has gilt text on red label and is clear, with chipped, frayed ends.  
  • Binding is secure. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some staining, bookseller and owner's marks. 
  • Interior is gently age-toned, with some rippling to paper, as at pg. 513.  See photos. 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have some foxing at foot edge.  See photos. 
  • PS2023.0719

527 pages. 4.75 x 7.75 inches

A military engineering work by the pioneer mathematician, physicist, and politician. Carnot was also a leader in the French revolutionary army and served under Napoleon, at whose behest he wrote this work.  It was Carnot's premise that neither valor nor effort was sufficient in itself, but together they could accomplish much.  Widely studied and put into practice, this work appeared in translation soon after its initial publication.

First edition, in French.      

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