London: John Murray, 1854. First Edition. Leather bound. First edition in the English language, octavo size, 484 pp., in a Riviere binding. Near fine. Item #20091002
Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke (1800-1891) was an outstanding military leader during several important campaigns. By the end of his career, he was awarded the title of Count ("Graf") and received multiple orders and decorations. His career began as a Second Lieutenant in the Danish Army in 1819; by 1822 he had joined the Prussian Army at the same rank, attaining the rank of General Field Marshall in 1871.
This work focuses on the Russian campaigns in 1828 and 1829, during which Moltke "was despatched to the Turkish army by order of his own sovereign, at the express request of Sultan Mahmoud, and served with it through the campaigns here described" (n.b., from the Translator's Preface). Note that although there is a "Translator's Preface" it is signed merely "The Translator"; both OCLC and Wiki attribute the translation to Lucie, Lady Duff-Gordon (1821-1869) who knew Arabic and worked on translations of several works.
The work in a lovely custom binding by Riviere, with their stamp on the verso of the front free endpaper. With the Ex-Libris of (possibly) John Sheepshanks (1787-1863), a clothing manufacturer and collector of art; with a motto which translates to "By Perseverance", the coat of arms incorporating two sheep.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full tan leather by Riviere, the front and back boards with a narrow double-ruled border in gilt with a small decoration at the four corners, a yellow and a green leather spine label both with gilt lettering, the publication date at the bottom compartment in gilt, the remaining compartments richly decorated in gilt, all edges stained yellow, marbled endpapers, the armorial bookplate mentioned above on the front pastedown, with thirteen maps on twelve plates (note that while the contents page calls for all to be bound at the back, the General Map in this volume is bound in the front just before page 1 of the text); octavo size (8.5" by 5.5"), original brown ribbon marker, pagination: [i-iii] iv-viii  2-476.
___CONDITION: Near fine, the leather binding smooth and supple, the corners gently bumped and without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, ribbon marker still attached, and other than the Ex-Libris set forth above entirely free of prior owner markings; light wear to the spine, the front joint just beginning to crack at the top but the board still solidly attached, and light spotting to the top edge of the text block; still a near fine example.
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