La prusia militar. Rafael Benavides.
La prusia militar
La prusia militar

Rare US Spanish-Language Imprint

La prusia militar

Notes: An uncommon New York Spanish-language imprint.

Benavides was the Mexican army general in charge of the siege of Veracruz, the ultimate defeat of the French occupation of Mexico. Following the end of the war with the French he spent seven years studying the latest in military technique in the US and Europe. This is one of several books he wrote during this period to improve the military education of the soldiers and officers of the Mexican army.

In La prusia militar, Benavides describes the operation of the Prussian military, which he considered the finest in the world at the time. He assembled, synthesized, and translated a number of works in several languages on the subject.

An uncommon book, with three apparent copies in OCLC, none in the US (Google digitized a copy at Columbia University, but it is no longer in their online library catalog).

Title continues, "ó sea, De la organización completa de los ejércitos de la confederación del norte, en tiempo de paz y guerra, deberes generales de los diversos grados superiores á inferiores, alistamiento, movilización, escuelas, grandes maniobras y descripción ilustrada de su material de guerra, según los datos mas auténticos y recientes." [The Prussian Military, that is, On the complete organization of the armies of the northern confederation, in time of peace and war, general duties of the various higher and lower ranks, enlistment, mobilization, schools, large-scale maneuvers and illustrated description of their war material, according to the most authentic and recent data.]

xv, 704, vi, [errata leaf] pages. With a chromolithograph dedication leaf and a large folding table.

Edition + Condition: First edition. This is the author's own copy, bound in full blue calf stamped with his monogram on the front panel; all edges gilt. In place of the engraved frontispiece portrait of the author, this copy has a mounted albumen photograph of Benavides. Author's ownership blindstamp on upper right corner. Outer joints weakening; folding plate with splits and lacking a small chip along one margin, but this copy is generally very good.

Publication: New York: Imprenta de Hallet & Breen, 1873.

Item No: #361649

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