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[GUERRE DE SEPT ANS] BELLE-ISLE, Charles Louis Fouquet. Lettres de M. le Maréchal Duc de Belleisle, à Mr. Le Maréchal de Contades. 

Paris, Au dépens de la compagnie, 1759.

12mo (165x95 mm). 136-(2)-v-(1)-100-228 pages.  binding : Contemporary full calf, flat spine. Rubbed, headcap slightly worn. Foxings, more intense on the second part of the book. 

Set of two books to be used in the history of the Seven Years' War.

The first in the original edition is a collection of letters between the Marshals of Belle-Isle (1684-1761) and of Contades (1704-1793) which we learn were "found among the papers of Monsieur de Contades after the battle from Minden ".
The Battle of Minden was a decisive French defeat in the Seven Years' War. Despite a clear numerical superiority the French led by Contades bowed to the Anglo-Prussians. The Seven Years' War will mark the beginning of the loss of influence of France in Europe and the beginning of English hegemony (which will be definitively recorded at Waterloo).

Followed by :
Collection of letters from H. M. the King of Prussia, to be used in the history of the last war, Leipsick, At the expense of the associated booksellers, 1773
Second complete edition of both parts.

Price : 300 €

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