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The Gentleman’s Dictionary, in three Parts, viz.: I. the Art of Riding the great Horse, containing the Terms and Phrases us’d in the Manage, and the Diseases and Accidents of Horses; II. the military Art, explaining the Terms and Phrases us’d in Field or Garison, the Terms relating to Artillery, the Works and Motions of Attack and Defence, and the Post and Duty of all the Officers of the Army, illustrated with historical Instances, taken from the Actions of our Armies; III. the Art of Navigation, explaining the Terms of naval Affairs, as Building, Rigging, Working, and Fighting of Ships, the Post and Duty of Sea-Officers, &c., with historical Examples taken from the Actions of our Fleet; each Part done alphabetically, from the sixteenth Edition of the original French … with large Additions, Alterations and Improvements, adapted to the Customs and Actions of the English, and above forty curious Cuts, that were not in the Original.
First edition in English of Les arts de l’homme d’epée, an encyclopedic manual in three distinct alphabets for the instruction of those who are ‘bred to the sword’. The English version, of which this is the sole edition, is no ‘bare translation’ but has been revised ‘by Persons thoroughly vers’d in the respective Arts [to] suit the Customs and History of England’, with references to military ‘Actions of the French’ exchanged for ‘Famous Instances of English Bravery and Conduct’. The text is strikingly illustrated with three folding plates, serving as frontispieces to each part and showing ‘The True and perfect Seat upon Horse-back’ (illustrated in Mellon), ‘A Plan of all manner of works used in Fortification with the method of an Attack’, and ‘A Description of a Ship’ and all her rigging.
With horizontal chain lines, this edition may in fact be a large sextodecimo gathered in half sheets. At the rear is a prospectus for a ‘Compleat History of England’ (cf. ESTC T142496), and on the half-title verso an advertisement for an octavo edition of de Solleysel, as translated by Hope (ESTC T102426).
ESTC T167076; Mellon 37.
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