On War - General Carl von Clausewitz, Colonel J. J. Graham (translator) 1873 - N. Trübner & Co., London - First Edition in English The rare first full English translation of Clausewitz’s Vom Kriege, considered the most important single work ever written on the theory of warfare and of strategy. In the publisher’s blue cloth, one of only 685 copies.

A work that has influenced political, military and business leaders, from Wellington, Lenin, Mao, Marx, Engels and Trotsky to Eisenhower, Kissinger, Patton and Jack Welch.

Graham’s translation would remain the standard English version for over a century. It also includes as an appendix Clausewitz's ’
Instruction for the Crown Prince’, as well as an index. Without frontispiece.
  ‘Unquestionably the most important single work ever written on the subject of warfare.’ - Bassford, Defence Analyst.

Carl Phillip Gottfried (or 'Gottlieb') von Clausewitz (1780-1831) was a Prussian soldier and intellectual, from a middle-class social background, though his family claimed noble origins and these claims eventually received official recognition. He served as a practical field soldier (with extensive combat experience against the armies of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France), as a staff officer with political/military responsibilities at the very centre of the Prussian state, and as a prominent military educator. Clausewitz first entered combat as a cadet at the age of 13, rose to the rank of Major-General at 38, married into the high nobility, moved in rarefied intellectual circles in Berlin. He began work on his magnum opus
Vom Kriege in 1816 and continued to update and add to it until his death in 1831. In 1832 it was edited and published by his widow Marie von Clausewitz.

Colonel James John Graham (1808-83) entered Sandhurst in 1822, served in the West Indies as deputy judge-advocate, was secretary and treasurer to the South-Eastern Railway Company (1832-5) in England, and then returned to the army as a captain in the Seventieth (Surrey) Regiment of Foot. He was involved in a colonisation scheme in Canada in 1851. In 1854 Graham was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on the unattached list (i.e., he was not attached to any British regiment) and then served as military secretary to Sir Robert Hussey Vivian, commander of the British "Turkish Contingent" in the Crimean War. For the latter service he was awarded the Turkish Medal and also the Sultan's Order of the Medjidie, Third Class. He sold his commission in 1858. In addition to his translation of ‘
On War, his other two major works were Elementary History of the Progress of the Art of War (1858) and Military Ends and Moral Means (1864). [Christopher Bassford, Clausewitz in English]

Printing and the Mind of Man 297. www.clausewitz.com. Bassford, Clausewitz in English.

Three octavo volumes in one, as published (book size 22.3 x 18 cm), pp. [2 (half-title)] [small printer’s ad slip] xvi [1 (errata page)] [1] xix-xx 164; iv 210; iv 181 [1]. In publisher’s dark blue cloth, panels ruled in black, spine and red paper label in lettered and ruled in gilt, red-brown coated endpapers. This copy without the tipped in page of facsimile signature and von Clausewitz portrait.
  Condition: Near fine, hinges starting, small pencil note to front pastedown, in very good cloth, wear to corners, toning to spine, and some loss to spine label.   Ref: 109447   Price: HK$ 19,000