Florence: 1739. Manuscript on paper. 8vo. 210 x 150 mm. (8 ¼ x 6 inches). 91 pp. Bound in contemporary limp vellum, title in ink on front cover; some soiling and staining to cover yet sound and attractive. The manuscript is written in one hand in a clear, readable style.
Unpublished military manuscript containing the Article of War as established by the Holy Roman Emperor Francesco I. The text is written by one Francesco Tougluinero and dated April 20, 1739 and contains various regulations concerning the conduct of military divisions under the command of the Emperor. Chapters include reporting regulations, honors rendered for service, the rules of the cavalry and mounted troops, plans for parade order and battle order, marching formations of full and half divisions of the army, explanations for terms used by command, flag and fire exercises, and language used to address various ranks of the military. The manuscript includes 7 pages of plans illustrating parade and battle formations and is decorated with pen and ink floral flourishes by the writer.
The front board contains an inscription in ink that reads in part, “This book belongs to Sig. Alfiere Luci and contains various Regulations pertaining to the Service to S. M. I. (Francesco I). Item #267