DU GRAVIER, [Major d’artillerie]. ~ Relation des campagnes 1741. et 1742. En Bohème et Bavière. [France, paper watermarked 1749].
Manuscript on paper, 4to (230 × 180 mm), pp. 323, plus blanks at front and rear. In French. Neat and legible. Original wrappers, manuscript title to upper cover. Slightly soiled and frayed, contents clean and fresh.
A remarkable manuscript account of a French campaign in Bavaria and Bohemia during the first Silesian War, in the form of extracts from (unpublished) letters from an artillery major. It is subtitled: ‘Extrait des lettres ecrittes par Mr. Du Gravier surtout ce qui s’est passé depuis le depart des Trouppes de France pour la Bavière, jusqu’au retour de celles que Mr. Le M[arécha]l de Belisle a ramenée de Prague.’ The campaign was led by the Maréchals de Broglie and de Belle Isle and the detailed extracts cover the march to Prague, its storming by French troops in 26 November 1741, the subsequent siege at the hands of the Austrian army and the escape of some 14,000 French troops from the city in December 1742.