Ruoli de’ generali ed uffiziali attivi e sedentanei del reale esercito e dell’armata di mare di sua maestà il re del Regno delle Due Sicilie redatti al 1.o Gennaio 1855.

Napoli, Reale Tipografia Militare, 1855.

8vo, pp. [2], 264; woodcut arms of the Two Sicilies to title, woodcut tailpieces and vignettes throughout, text in four columns within border; occasional light foxing, but a very good copy; in contemporary red morocco, blocked in gilt and blind with arms blocked in gilt to each board, spine tooled in gilt and blind and lettered directly in gilt; a little worn at extremities, a few slight scuffs; occasional annotations in pencil and ink.

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Scarce 1855 edition of this roster of army and navy officers, doctors, chaplains, and administrators in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, issued during the reign of Ferdinand II and only a few years before the kingdom’s demise, handsomely bound with the royal arms on each board.

The text is composed of tables in four columns detailing the names of the various officers, the date they obtained their rank, and their posting, with a final column for ‘observations’. Among the soldiers is included, on the first page, the famous Neapolitan statesman and governor of Sicily Carlo Filangieri, prince of Satriano (1784–1867), who fought under Napoleon and Joachim Murat before spending his later years suppressing the Sicilian Revolution of 1848 for Ferdinand II. In a few instances, additional notes have been added to update the text with more recent promotions and appointments; a charming horse has been pencilled in before the roll of the ‘Cavalleria di linea’.

Garibaldi’s successful landing at Messina only five years later and his conquering of Sicily with just a thousand men – or so the story goes – brought an end to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, with its military incorporated into that of unified Italy.

No copies traced in the US. Only one copy on Library Hub, at the British Library.

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