A motif of cherubs, garlands, urns and rococo acanthus leaves decorates the binding of this King's Library edition of Thomas Simes’ Military Course. The binders stenciled on the design in preparation for the book’s presentation to George III. Despite its rather whimsical decoration, the content of Simes’ book was weighty. It was a book of military strategy, written by one of 18th-century Britain’s most important military writers. A soldier in the Duke of Cumberland’s army, Simes wrote textbooks for young officers as well as reference books on the operations of war and conducting an army.