1831 Rough Sketches of the Life of an Old Soldier: During a Service in the West Indies at the Siege of Copenhagen in 1807
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Uncommon
The work recounts the Peninsular War, during which the author, Jonathan Leach, fought in the south of France in campaigns from 1808 to 1814. During this time, he was with the Light Division.
The Light Division was formed in 1803 during the Napoleonic Wars, with this memoir offering a first hand account of the newly formed light infantry division, at an interesting and turbulent time for the division.
The author offers here an unbroken narrative; almost every scene recounted in this work was one to which he was an eyewitness, and recorded in his journal. For other scenes, the author utilised the log-books of his brother-officers.
With a library blind stamp to the head of the title page, and no further library markings.
The first edition of this memoir of a Lieutenant-Colonel's experiences in the Peninsular War, in a wonderful half calf binding.
Rebound in half calf, with gilt detailing to back strip and bright marbled paper covered boards. Externally, fine. Endpapers renewed. Internally, firmly bound. Blind stamp to title page. With only the odd light handling mark or spot, with pages otherwise clean and bright.
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