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History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France, from the year 1807 to the Year 1814

By Sir William F P Napier

1832-1840

Thomas & William Boone : London

9" by 5.5"

lxxix, 618; xi, [1], 530; li, [1], 2-651; xvi, 589, [1], [13], ii-lxxxvi, 622; [11], ii-cv, [1], 2-709, [1]pp

 

 

 

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A beautifully bound set of this famous historical work on the Peninsular War. Written by Sir William Francis Patrick Napier, who served in this war.

A mixed edition set. Volumes I, II and III are second editions. Volumes IV-VI are first editions. Volumes I and II retain their half-titles as called for. From copac records it does not appear that volumes II-VI were issued with half-titles. Illustrated, with eight plates to volume I, eight plates to volume II, twelve plates to volume III, nine plates to volume IV, eight plates to volume V, ten plates to volume VI, Contemporary inscription to the recto of front endpaper to all volumes, Kate Walton Michaelmus Term 1936. Sir William Napier became an ensign in the Royal Irish Artillery in 1800 and served for many units during the first two decades of the nineteenth century. He commanded his regiment in the invasion of France after Waterloo and remained in France until 1819 when he finally retired. Napier wrote this work following the suggestion of Henry Bickersteth. He did so to defend the memory of Sir John Moore and to prevent him being overshadowed by Wellington. Napier was assisted by Wellington for the production of this work as he provided Joseph Bonaparte's correspondence that was captured at the battle of Vittoria. The letters were written in cipher, but Mrs Napier discovered the key. Upon initial publication the first volume did not have many sales. Murray was disappointed by sales of the first volume and therefore Napier published the remainder himself. The reception soon picked up and the work was extremely successful. A lovely set of this comprehensive history of the Peninsular War, written by a veteran who served for many years during these campaigns.

CONDITION

In a uniform full calf binding. Rebacked ,with the contemporary boards preserved. Externally, the books are in a lovely condition. Repair to the rear board of volume I and to the board edges of volumes II-VI. Bookseller's label to the front pastedowns. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.

Overall Condition: Near Fine

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