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Pingenot Auction, Lot 178

178. MAHAN, D[ennis] H[art]. A Complete Treatise on Field Fortification, with the General Outlines of the Principles Regulating the Arrangement, the Attack, and the Defence of Permanent Works. New York: Wiley & Long, 1836. xviii, 268 pp., 12 engraved foldout plates. 16mo, original blind-stamped brown cloth, gilt-lettering and decoration on spine. Binding worn and with some staining and spotting, occasional mild foxing.
        First edition of author’s first book. American Imprints Inventory 38690. Sabin (43862-3) lists editions of this work that are Confederate imprints (New Orleans, 1861, & Richmond, 1863; an edition came out at Richmond in 1862, also). "The standard work on this subject carried into the field by United States officers in both the Mexican-American and Civil Wars....[Mahan (1802-1871)] was one of the fifty original incorporators of the National Academy of Sciences."—DAB. Mahan was a professor of Military and Civil Engineering at West Point.