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Waterloo. An Account of the Battle of Waterloo, fought on the 18th of June 1815, by the English and Allied Forces, commanded by the Duke of Wellington, and the Prussian Army, under the orders of Prince Blucher, against the Army of France, commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte. By a British Officer on the Staff, with an appendix, containing the British, French, Prussian, and Spanish official details of that memorable engagement [With] A Faithful and Detailed Account of the Last Campaign of Buonaparte, terminated by the Battle of Mount St. John, otherwise called of Waterloo; or, La Belle Alliance, by an Eye-Witness, translated from the third edition of the French. To which is added the Russian General's Account of the Campaign, as also the Austrian detailed account...

By British officer on the staff

1815

James Ridway; John Booth : London

8.5" by 5.5"

104; [7], 2-110pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

Two scarce works on the Battle of Waterloo, published the very same year as the battle. With important association, from the libraries of Christopher Cole and Lord Raglan.

The first work is a first edition, with the second work being translated into English from the third French edition. With the bookplate of Christopher Cole. Captain Sir Christopher Cole was a prominent British Navy officer who fought in the Napoleonic Wars. At the close of the Napoleonic Wars he was presented with the Order of Maria Theresa by the Austrian Empire and the Order of St George by the Russian Empire. With the bookplate of Lord Raglan to the front pastedown, and the library plate of Cefntilla Court to the recto of front endpaper. Raglan served in many military campaigns such as the Peninsular War and the Hundred Days. At Waterloo Raglan served on Wellington's staff. He later became the commander of the British troops sent to Crimea in 1854. Whilst in Crimea he was ordered to besiege Sevastopol. His command lead to the fateful Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. Cefntilla Court belonged to Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan. Following the death of his father, 1st Baron Raglan, a large group of his friends, admirers and comrades purchased the house and estate as a memorial to him. 'An Account of the Battle of Waterloo' is a first edition and is therefore very scarce. It hold the folding map as called for. This eye-witness account is anonymously written by 'A British Officer on the Staff' and has still not been attributed to anyone. It is presented in the form of a letter dated July 15 1815 with an Appendix containing British, French, Prussian and Spanish official details of the battle. The second work is translated from the original French and is another eye-witness account of the battle. There is also the Russian General's account of the campaign, Prince Clucher's letter to his wife, letters from Wellington and a list of officers admitted to the Honourable Order of the Bath. This second work contains a folding plan also. Two very scarce works regarding the Battle of Waterloo, issued the very same year as the Battle itself.

CONDITION

In a half morocco binding with paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart with patches of rubbing to the boards, joints and extremities. Bookplates to the front pastedown and to the recto of front endpaper. Folding plan to the start of the first work has a closed tear to the gutter inwards to the map. The edge at the gutter is creased and there are several spots to the extremities. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with occasional scattered spots.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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