YOUNG, William (ca 1725-1788). [General title:] Manoeuvers, or Practical Observations on the Art of War. London: J. Millan, [1766-1771].
7 parts in one volume, 12o (157 x 100 mm). 74 engraved plates on 60 leaves, see below (some occasional foxing.) Modern red morocco. Provenance: manuscript index on front flyleaf.
A very fine collection of 18th-century pamphlets on the art of war, joined under the general title of Young's Manoeuvres, or Practical Observations on the Art of War, followed by preliminary preface, table and leaf of ads. The sections comprise: The Manual Exercise, with Explanations, as Ordered by His Majesty. London: J. Millan, 1770. 32 pages. -- An Essay on the Command of Small Detachments. London: J. Millan, 1766. 32 pages, including ads. 8 hand-colored engraved plates. -- A New System of Fortification, Constructed with Standing Timber, &c. or the Sentiments of a West-India Savage on the Art of War. London: J. Millan, 1770. 18 pages. 1 engraved folding plate. -- General Wolfe's Instructions to Young Officers: Also his Orders for a Battalion and an Army. London: J. Millan, 1768. 106 pages. 11 engraved plates on 9 leaves. See Lande 903 (second edition). Staton & Tremaine/TPL 305. -- Manoeuvres for a Battalion of Infantry, upon Fixed Principles... By a German Officer. London: J. Millan, 1766. 20 pages. 17 hand-colored engraved plates, some folding. All plates are with contemporary ink annotations. Staton & Tremaine/TPL 306. -- Manoeuvres for a Battalion of Infantry, upon Fixed Principles... By a German Officer. London: J. Millan, 1767. 32 pages. 32 hand-colored folding engraved plates on 20 leaves. -- YOUNG, William. The Practice of Manoeuvring a Battalion of Infantry. London: J. Millan, 1771. 36 pages, including ads. 5 hand-colored folding engraved plates.
Wolfe's Instructions to young officers is of particular note, including orders issued by Wolfe, Stirling, 1748-49, Quebec, 1759. "A placart to Canadians" is Wolfe's offer to the "sweets of peace" to non-combatants. The copy at TPL is described similarly to the present: "This copy [of Wolfe's Instructions] is no.4 in a set of 6 pamphlets on the art of war, 1766-1770 [here 1771]." The TPL copy further includes a frontispiece portrait of Wolfe. Spaulding and Karpinski 291 ("A compilation of six [i.e. seven] separate works, undoubtedly remainders, by Major William Young, and his edition of Wolfe's Instructions, under a general title, all with separate title pages and pagination, as in the originals, published by J. Millan in 1770, 1766, 1770, 1768, 1766, 1767 and 1771 respectively. There is some variation between the titles as cited on the general title and those on the individual title pages.")