Cologne: Chez Pierre Marteau, 1762.
Paperback. Good+ with no dust jacket. Item #11076
Modern respine, ink note on front cover, scribbled owner's signature on half-title page, edgeworn, otherwise light wear. Solid paperback. ; French language. Anonymous work by the Dutch lawyer, con man and author Franciscus Lievens Kersteman. Undated, but printed circa 1762. The title page statement of Cologne: Chez Pierre Marteau is common period ficticious use for an anonymous and controversial French language work printed in the Netherlands. Totleben was a German-born adventurer, probably Saxon, who served bounced from country to country, finally joining the Russian army during the Seven Years War. He was recognized for his actions during the Battle of Kunersdorf, commanded a raid in 1860 that briefly occupied Berlin, and subsequently was imprisoned for being a Prussian spy. After the period this book was published, Totleben was rehabilitated by Catherine II The Great and commanded Russian forces operating in Georgia during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774 to little positive effect, after which he was relieved and sent to command a division in Warsaw where he died. Wonderful period biography of a notorious soldier-of-fortune. ; 179 pages.