[Österreichischer Militäralmanach]. Gräffer, August (ed.). Oesterreichischer Militär-Almanach für das Jahr 1793 (Militär-Almanach Nro. IV).

Vienna, Joseph Frister, [April 1793].

12mo. (10), 236 pp. Engraved title-page, samples of regimental colours, and engraved folding map of northwestern Europe, including parts of France and Germany, all in original hand colour. Contemporary green paper boards with blank shelfmark label to spine. All edges sprinkled red.


Rare pocket almanac of the Austrian military during the War of the First Coalition of 1793. One of the very earliest Austrian army registers published: the series, which began in 1790 and ran until 1915, was later known as "Schematismus der Kais. Königl. Armee", "Militär-Schematismus" and under other titles. These early army lists are remarkable for the small watercolour samples of regimental colours, reflecting the oft-cited dazzling variety of colours shown by the Austrian uniforms. An important sourcebook for names and titles, including commissioned officers, decorated personnel, military surgeons, etc. Headquarters and districts of recruitment are listed, and a brief history of the French Revolutionary War up to March 1793 is appended.

Blindstamped 19th century ownership of Gottfried Horn in Reichenberg (Liberec) to front flyleaf. The original binding a little rubbed; hinges weakened; lower spine-end a little chipped, leaf d12 loosened. Still generally very well preserved.

Schwitalla 930. OCLC 456691959. Cf. Baumgärtel 240 (listing the series only from 1802 onwards). Köhring 77 (1795 issue only).

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