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History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France from the year 1804 to the year 1814

By William Francis Patrick Napier

1892

Frederick Warne and Co. : London

7.5" by 5"

xxiv, 522pp; xiii, 500pp; xi, 427pp; xvii, 479pp; x, 444pp; vii, 463pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

Captain Napier's classic first hand account of the Peninsula War, in a very smart binding.

Complete in six volumes. William Francis Patrick Napier was a solider, who fought in France at the battles of the Nive, and commanded a regiment in the invasion of France after Waterloo. After a successful military career, he retied on Major's half-pay and moved back to England, intending to become an artist. After spending his time in France improving his education, he felt drawn towards literature. It was suggested he wrote about the Peninsular War, as his experience fighting in it would offer an interesting point of view. He received a lot of assistance in his endeavour by the Duke of Wellington, and was also allowed access to Joseph Bonaparte's letters. With a total of fifty-five maps and plates throughout; Vol I has ten plates Vol II has twelve plates Vol III has nine plates Vol IV has eleven plates Vol V has eleven plates Vol VI has two plates Each volume has a bookplate, belonging to Malcolm Bowes-Lyon, a lieutenant who fought in World War One. This set was gifted to him in 1892 by his schoolmaster at Eton, Richard Arthur 'Mike' Mitchell, and there is an inscription by Mitchell to Vol I. Mitchell was a cricketer alongside being a teacher at Eton, and he supervised the Eton cricket team. Collated, complete.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Externally, smart. Each volume has light fading and marking to the spine. Light shelfwear to the boards of Vols I, II, III, V, and VI. A little loss to the front board of Vol VI, and a light amount of rubbing to the tail of the front board of Vol I, causing a little loss. Each volume has a bookplate belonging to Malcolm Bowes-Lyon. Vols I, II, V, and VI have the bookplate to the front pastedown, however Vols III and IV have the bookplate upside down to the rear pastedown. Vol I has a prior owner's ink inscription to the front free endpaper, 'Malcolm Bowes Lyon, with the best wishes from his friend and tutor, R.A.H. Mitchell, Eton 1892'. Light offsetting to the title page of Vol I, due to the frontispiece

Overall Condition: Near Fine

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