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Early printed works on military art and naval science known to the American, British, and European officers of the 18th century, including treatises on fortification, tactics, drill manuals, medical texts, and military histories. Along with early published works on the Society of the Cincinnati and histories of the American Revolution by authors such as Charles Stedman and Mercy Otis Warren.

Significant items include the only complete copy known to survive of the Calendrier Français, an almanac published by the press of the French fleet after its arrival in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1780; the 1783 Charleston edition of Considerations on the Order of Cincinnatus by Aedanus Burke- the first edition of a pamphlet launched a nationwide discussion of the Society's purpose in its early years; and a complete 35 volume set of the first edition of Diderot's Encyclopédie. 

 
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