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A Supplement to the History of Lord Seaton's Regiment The 52nd Light Infantry At the Battle of Waterloo

By William Leeke

1871

Hatchards : London

8.5" by 5.5"

[5], 8, 10, 2-68pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

The first edition of the scarce supplement volume to William Leeke's history of the 52nd Light Infantry at the Battle of Waterloo. With a fascinating association.

With the bookplate of Lord Raglan and of Cefntilla Court to the front pastedown. 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. This is the scarce supplement volume only. Illustrated, with two plates. Collated, complete. This supplement consists mostly of William Leeke's replies to criticisms of the guards and others on the original two volume work. When the work was first published there was quite the controversy since he claimed that the defeat of Napoleon's Imperial Guard was the result of the 52nd Foot alone, under the command of Seaton. It also contains additional information regarding the close of the action. These letters first appeared in the 'Army and Navy Gazette of 1867'. With the errata to the verso of title page. In the publisher's original binding, which is in a smart condition. Leeke was a British Army officer and clergyman. This work on the Waterloo Campaign formed a primary source for many subsequent histories of the campaign and was Leeke's best known title.

CONDITION

In the publisher's original cloth binding. Externally, very smart with the occasional marks to the boards. Internally, generally firmly bound though strained in places. Pages are generally bright with just the odd spot.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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