Hard Cover. Paris: Onfroy, 1787. Very Good.
24mo. Twenty-ninth edition. Finely bound in contemporary brown mottled sheep with the coat of arms of the Gramont family stamped in gilt to front and rear boards, spine stamped in gilt, with dark brown morocco spine label lettered in gilt, red speckled text block edges, blue and red marbled endpapers. About very good with some wear to extremities, front hinge cracked but holding, rear hinge starting. This historical text details the state of the French military in the year 1787, providing a comprehensive list of the ranked officers across various branches. Notably, 1787 marked the signing of the Treaty of Versailles by King Louis XVI, and is one of the last years of French monarchical rule before the beginning of the French Revolution. On an armorial binding, the coat of arms of a particular person or family is stamped to one or both of the boards, sometimes accompanying additional identifying information such as a bookplate. Most commonly bearing the heraldic stamp of a royal family, these bindings are found on books that were part of the respective families' libraries, as well as on books owned by members of their courts. This particular volume bears the heraldic stamp of the Gramont family, a noble family with strong ties to the French military. Notably, Catherine-Charlotte de Gramont, the Princess of Monaco, is known to have been a mistress of King Louis XIV.