MANUAL on GUERILLAWARFARE
Roger. Military instructions for officers detached in the field:
containing, a scheme for forming a corps of a partisan. Illustrated with plans
of the manoeuvres necessary in carrying on the petite guerre. Philadelphia: Pr.
& sold by R. Aitken, 1775. 12mo.  ff., vii, [1 (blank)], 232 pp.,  ff.,
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First American edition ofthe first book on guerrilla warfare
printed in the United States. Robert Aitken, the publisher of this work, and
his fellow Philadelphia printers correctly estimated the need for military manuals
on the part of the American militia and in 1775 and 1776 issued at least 10,
some specific to military medicine.
That Aitken chose to issue a manual on guerrilla warfare was prescient.
That he chose to dedicate it to Gen. Washington was good politics and good
business. Howes says this is the first book dedicated to Washington.
Although written by Stevenson, the work was edited by Hugh Henry Ferguson, a Scots-born émigré to the U.S. who, at the outbreak of hostilities, gave his loyalty to England and served as Gen. Howe's commissary of prisoners.
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The work is illustrated with 12 etched plates, 7 of which are folding; this is an early American illustrated book.
Howes S981aa; Sabin 91607; Evans 14475; Hildeburn 3290. Publisher's sheep, rebacked and original spine laid down; later spine label. Early (i.e., to 1823) ownership inscriptions on preliminary blank leaves and on title-page. Some loss of paper to initial blanks and a paper repair to same. Some bug-spotting, light age-toning, occasional light waterstaining. (20470)
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