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Onosander. Strategicus- Στρατηγικός, Ονοσανδρου Στρατηγικοσ = Onosandri Strategicus sive de Imperatoris institutione liber ad cod. mss. fidem expressus et ex antiquorum tacticorum potissimum collatione notis perpetuis criticis emendatus nec non figuris aeri incisis illustratus. Acc. duo indices, unus rerum, alter verborum et locutionum Graecarum una cum versionbe Gallica Liberi Baronis de Zur-Lauben ... ad calcem libri adiecta. Cura et studio Nicolai Schwebelii ... Norimbergae & Paris Ex officiana Christiani de Launoy.; Chez Vincent , Impremieur-Libraire, rue S,Severin à l'Ange. 1761-2
Copper engraved frontispiece; [9] pp.158 ; pp.57. Folio. General Title; separate title for Le general d'armée par Onosander, ouvrage trad. du Grec par M. le Baron de Zur-Lauben. [Paris, Vincent, 1757]. 2 volumes bound in 1.
Full calf; [worn]
A new edition of Onosander, [ the Editio Princeps was published in 1599 ( see item 2990) and then re issued with additional notes in 1600 and 1619] . The text is bound with the French translation by the Baron De Zur- Luaben.
Graesse describes it as the best edition. Brunet states "On trouve dans cette édition des notes inédites de Jos.Scaliger et d'Is.Vossius, mais celles de Rigault n'y sont pas entières."
[We find in this edition unpublished notes of Jos.Scaliger and Is.Vossius, but those of Rigault are not whole].
Onasander's Strategikos is one of the most important treatises on ancient military matters and provides information not commonly available in other ancient works on Greek military tactics, especially concerning the use of the light infantry in battle. Copper engraved frontispiece; fold-out battle plan and full page illustration of siege weapons [ stain to upper edge.] Numerous vignettes within text of coins, weapons and battle plans. Full calf worn, lacks tail of spine. old ink owners inscription to front free end paper. old ink inscription to rear paste down.
End papers dusty and browned to edges, internally clean.

Onasander or Onosander 1st century AD. Greek philosopher.
We know from Suidas that he was author of a commentary on the Republic of Plato, which is lost His only surviving work Strategikos (Στρατηγικός),is a short but comprehensive work on the duties of a general. It is dedicated to Quintus Veranius Nepos, consul in AD 49, and legate of Britain. It was the chief authority for the military writings of the emperors Maurice and Leo VI, and Maurice of Saxony, who consulted it in a French translation and expressed a high opinion of it.

SCHWEBEL (Nikolaus)1713-1773 Rector of the Gymnasium at Ansbach; studied at Nuremberg, Altdorf , Wittenberg , and Jena In 1738 he became a courtier in a noble house at Vienna. In 1740 he received the Inspectorate of the Alumni and the Economics at the University of Altdorf , and the Rectorate of Egidic in Nuremberg Gymnasium , the professorship of the Greek language at the Auditorium in 1750 , and in 1765 came to Ansbach as rector and first professor of the Gymnasiu . He was a celebrated philologist. Also known for his work on Bionis et Moschi Idyllia1746 and Vegitus16:48: De Re Militaria1767.

Béat-Fidèle-Antoine-Jean-Dominique Zurlauben (1720-1799)
General in the service of France and writer, specialist of military history.
Raised in Paris, enters the Swiss Guard in the service of France, at the age of 15 ,eventually rising to field marshal. At the age of 31 he published his Military History of the Swiss 1751-3 his first great work, Associate member of the Academy of Inscriptions (1749). In 1780, he retired to Zug; His residence, the Zurlaubenhof, became a center of historical research. His collection of books and manuscripts, sold after his death in the canton of Aargau, is the first collection of the Sammlung Zurlauben (Cantonal Library)


Baron Beat-Fidel of Zurlauben (1720-1799) entered the Swiss Guard at the age of 15 in the service of France, where he had been brought up. The intense military career of this Zougois did not prevent him from devoting himself so hard to studies. It was at the age of 31 that this man of letters, who was considered to have one of the most important collections of books and manuscripts of his time, published his 'Military History of the Swiss', his first great work,
Graesse:5 p24; Brunet:5,188. 315 by 210mm (12½ by 8¼ inches).   ref: 2991  €1000

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