[Bigot] De Morogues, [Sebastien Francois] Vicomte.
Published: H. L. Guerin & L. F. Delatour, Paris, 1763.
Tactique Navale, ou Traite des Evolutions et des Signaux; Avec Figures en taille-douce.
Contemporary full marbled calf with double gilt rule to boards and spine in six compartments between raised bands the second with burgundy morocco title label and the remaining with central floral detail and foliate spray corners; crimson edges; inner dentelles gilt; marbled endpapers; 4to, 301x229 mms.
First Edition. With half-title, vignette title-page in crimson and black, two copper engraved headers, forty-nine copper engraved plates and woodcut illustrations including flags.
A handsome copy, in fresh condition, of this scarce work with only five copies sold at auction in the last thirty-five years. [ABPC]
The first edition of a rare and important work on naval tactics informed by Morogues’ experience as “chef d’escadre” in the Seven Years’ War. Morogues had founded the Academie Marine at Brest in 1752, an institution dedicated to the study of fleet manoeuvres and signalling, and this dedication found ample expression in ‘Tactique Navale’, which was by far the most advanced treatise on the subject to date. His work ultimately exerted considerable influence on the British Royal Navy particularly through the efforts of the great innovator Admiral Richard Kempenfelt - who was one of the driving forces in having this work translated into English (1767) - and the advocacy of Lord Howe, and is said to have provided Lord Nelson with several of his most famous aphorisms.
Polak 826; Scott 316.
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