Rare Austrian military study on the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774, with 7 maps, 1906
Richard UNGERMANN: DER RUSSISCH-TÜRKISCHE KRIEG 1768-1774. With 7 sketched lithographic maps. Vienna and Leipzig: 1906.
Verkauft / Sold
Richard UNGERMANN: DER RUSSISCH-TÜRKISCHE KRIEG 1768-1774 [THE RUSSO-TURKISH WAR]. With 7 sketched lithographic maps. Vienna and Leipzig: Braumüller (Fromme) 1906.
8vo. VI, [2 (toc)], 268 pages; 7 folded sheets (23,5:19,5 cm) with sketched maps, pocketed in a rear strap. Lithography on glossy paper (maps) and letterpress on strong machine paper, bound in contemporary half cloth with gilt spine title and marbled boards, bookbinder’s label on front board recto (Hans Ehrenfeldner, Mödling).
First and only edition of this important and particularly rare study on the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774 from the perspective of Austrian military science, complete with all 7 sketched maps of military operations.
Contents, Author: The comprehensive historical account by Richard Ungermann, teacher at the Vienna Imperial and Royal Technical Military Academy, focuses on strategic, tactical and technical questions in order to explain the then unexpected success of the Russian Army, who was strongly outnumbered by the Ottomans. Until today Ungermann’s study is widely accepted as the „most comprehensive introduction to the war“ (Scott).
Illustration: Pocketed in a rear strap this edition includes 7 sketched small lithographic maps printed on glossy paper, each of them depicting military operations in detail.
Condition: Cover in parts very slightly worn, otherwise fine indeed.
Rarity: Though well represented in institutional holdings this book is particularly hard to find in trade, as of March 2022 JAP/APO and RBH show no auction results at all for the last decades.
Reference: H. M. Scott, The Emergence of the Eastern Powers, 1756-1775, Cambridge 2001, p. 195.