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Letter from the Barrack-Master General

 
Letter from the Barrack-Master General by DE LANCEY, Oliver (1795)
Author: DE LANCEY, Oliver
Title: Letter from the Barrack-Master General to Barrack Masters
 
Year: 1795
Publisher: J Walter
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
 
Price: £500
 
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Rare volume written and inscribed by the Barrack Master General, Major General Oliver de Lancey, to Berwick Barracks - ESTC locates copies at the British Library and National Library of Scotland only. De Lancey has signed his printed letter at page 32: 'I am, Sir Your most Obed.t Serv.t Ol. DeLancay BM'- he was a British army officer born into a colonial New York state family, who fought at the Battle of Brooklyn and ended the Revolutionary War as Adjutant General to the British army at New York before serving as Barrack Master General. Containing two separate imprints, the volume is bound in half calf, spine recently repaired and relaid very nicely, with the original morocco label to the upper board; paper over boards largely worn away. The text collates correctly with the Letter from the Barrack-Master serving as an explanation of the A Warrant for the Regulation of Barracks which follows, complete with 14 folding diagrams. A couple of the folds to plates have tissue repairs. There is some old annotation to the final pastedown. On the first endpaper is noted in a contemporary hand the destination of this copy: 'Barrack Office Berwick upon Tweed'. (Built in the early 18th century to the design of the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, the Barracks was among the first in England to be purpose built and served to house the garrison stationed in this notorious flashpoint location on the border between England and Scotland.) De Lancey has signed his printed letter at page 32: 'I am, Sir Your most Obed.t Serv.t Ol. DeLancay BM'. The second publication is largely given over to 14 large foldout engravings which provide barrack masters with suitable templates for recording and dealing with everything from 'Forage to Horses' to 'Receipts and Expenditure'. Both works are very scarce: ESTC locates BL and NLS only for the Letter and those two locations plus the National Archives only for the Warrant. Collation: LETTER [2] pp 32 [8] WARRANT [4] pp 39 [2] pp 40-41 [1] 42-43 [8] [14 plates]
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