Lettres à Madame la Comtesse de R.... by J.D.P.D.A.

Viennese military campaigns

Lettres à Madame la Comtesse de R.... Milan, 25th February [& 23rd March], 1796.

8vo, pp. 15, [1] blank, section title only, sewn as issued in the original blue wrappers, faded and slightly dust-soiled.

A scarce anonymous pamphlet discussing the satirical verses circulating against François Sébastien de Croix, Count von Clerfayt, Austrian field marshal and one of the Allied generals fighting against the French Revolutionary forces in the 1790s. Written in response to a query about the words of a popular song - part of which our author reproduces at the head of the first letter - the text is effectively an exoneration of Clerfayt’s military actions and character. The second letter deals more generally with the military history of Vienna, concluding with Clerfayt’s impressive stand against Charles Dumouriez: ‘on doit par conséquent le croire militaire philosophe connoissant le coeur humain, en sachant y opérer’ (p. 14).

Not traced.

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