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Napoleonic Wars   46 Books
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The Young Rifleman's Comrade: A Narrative of his Military Adventures, Captivity & Shipwreck. Edited by Goethe. 1st Ed., xxiv+310pp. Henry Colburn. 1826.  #49678
[HLMainPic] Personal account of a German conscript of 1806 in the French army in the Peninsula, captured, confined in a prison ship off Cadiz &c. until prevailed upon to join the King's German Legion in Sicily then Italy, afterwards serving in England & on board ship in the East Indies until finding his way home in 1818. The author identifies himself only as Philippe & is frequently misattributed as J.C. Mampel (whose "Adventures of a Young Rifleman" Colburn published in the same year), but he is clearly a different man. Contemp. calf sides (embossed with arms of Soc. of Writers to the Signet), newish leather sp. & lettering label, VG thus but not overly attractive. See illustration on our website.   £145
The Story of a Peninsular Veteran: Sergeant in the Forty-Third Light Infantry, during the Peninsular War. New Ed., 256pp., 13 illus. Woolmer. nd (c.1880s).  #45344
Youth in Ireland, enlisted in the Queen's County Militia then into the 43rd in 1806. In 1807 the regiment was ordered for service, took part in bombardment of Copenhagen & later in Peninsular inc. Corunna, Battle of Busaco, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajos. Editions appeared in 1835 & 1839 under the title "Memoirs of a Sergeant late in the Forty-Third" - this one appears to date from around 1880s. Scarce. Modern blue rexine binding, gilt to sp., VG thus.   £65
Extracts from the Dispatches & General Orders of the Duke of Wellington Concerning the Conduct of the Brigade of Guards. Attractive selection of five short extracts relating to operations of the Brigade in the Peninsula in 1809, 1811 & 1812 & at Waterloo in 1815, printed (on paper) in black with rubricated principal characters & inter-paragraph decorations, laid down on cloth with blue edging, cut into 16 compartments, approx. 58x47cm, folded into blue morocco covs. with gilt motif of the Grenadier Guards to front panel. No details of publisher or date, c.1850s?  #52566
[HLMainPic] Nicely produced item that, below the title, states: "The following Extracts are here recorded, with a view to impress upon every Soldier of the Brigade of Guards, that he has a high character to uphold, & that it is only by unhesitating obedience to all orders, general good conduct, & a strict performance of his duty at all times, that he can retain for the Brigade the high character conferred upon it by the 'Greatest Commander whom England ever saw.'" Short, highly complimentary, extracts from Wellington's despatches follow. Possibly produced as a wall piece, or poster, for use in barracks &c., but this example divided into compartments, laid down on cloth & bound in blue morocco binding, little rubbed, generally VG & internally clean, with bookplate of RHQ Grenadier Guards. Undated but appears to be c. mid-19th Century. Scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £50
BARRES (M.) Ed. Memoirs of a Napoleonic Officer, Jean-Baptiste Barrès. 1st Eng. Ed., 316pp. A&U. 1925.  #52337
[HLMainPic] Campaigns in Prussia, Peninsular War &c. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG. See illustration on our website.   £20
BARROW (Sir John, Bart., FRS) The Life of Richard Earl Howe, K.G., Admiral of the Fleet, & General of Marines. 1st Ed., xvi+432pp., portrait frontis., 2 fldg. facsim. letters. Murray. 1838.  #56056
[HLMainPic] Biog. of the great British seaman of the 18th Century, remembered for gaining the first British victory at sea during the Napoleonic Wars: the Glorious First of June, 1794. Orig. blindstamped & gilt blue cloth, minor wear, VG. See illustration on our website.   £65
BEATSON (Maj.-Gen. F.C., CB) Wellington, The Crossing of the Gaves & the Battle of Orthez. 1st Ed., 288pp., 13 illus., 4 fldg. maps in end-pocket. VG in sl. chipped dw. Heath Cranton. 1925.  #54607
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed & detailed standard account. Rare original edition (including fldg. maps not included in the later reprint). Orig. red cloth, titled in black, VG & rare in (sl. chipped) dw. See illustration on our website.   £125
BECKE (Major A.F.) Napoleon & Waterloo: The Emperor's campaign with the armee du Nord 1815. Revised Ed., xv+320pp., 5 fldg. & 6 sketch maps. Kegan Paul. 1936.  #38699
Acclaimed work. Somewhat sunned o/w VG.   £10
BOURGOGNE (Sgt.) Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne (1812-1813). Authorised Translation from the French Original, Ed. by Paul Cottin & Maurice Hénault. 1st Eng. Ed., xvi+356pp., portrait frontis. Heinemann. 1899.  #52368
[HLMainPic] First UK publication of classic memoirs of the invasion of Russia, Retreat from Moscow &c. Orig. grey cloth, little spotted, sp. tanned, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £16
CAMPBELL (Sheriff J. MacMaster, CBE, FSA [Scot.]) The Correspondence of Lieutenant-General [Robert] Campbell of Kintarbert, 1762-1837. 58pp., reprinted from the Campbeltown Courier. nd (c.1930).  #50068
[HLMainPic] Being papers delivered to the Kintyre Antiquarian Soc. by the author/editor: much of interest on the raising of Highland regiments, service with the Royal Scots on Gibraltar (subsequent to the famous Siege), the raising & organisation of Highland volunteer corps', expedition to the West Indies 1806-07 (Capture of Buenos Aires 1806 &c.). Orig. printed paper wraps., somewaht stained o/w VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £45
CHESTERTON (George Laval) Peace, War & Adventure: An Autobiographical Memoir. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xi+282 & viii+325pp. Longman et al. 1853.  #56070
[HLMainPic] Chesterton was "Formerly of the Field Train Department of the Royal Artillery, Subsequently a Captain in the Army of Columbia, & at Present [i.e. the time of writing his memoirs] Governor of the House of Correction at Cold Bath Fields." He was privately educated & with the influence of Viscountess Perceval, a relative of the then Prime Minister, was appointed to the Field Train Department of the Ordnance in Feb. 1812, embarking for Cadiz in June; served in Spain attached to Dillon's regiment; in 1814 sailed with a force for America via Bermuda & was engaged in the Battle of New Orleans (1815) & oither engagements in the "War of 1812"; then, after some time with the Army of Occupation in France & Flanders at the end of the Waterloo campaign joined the British Legion in Columbia, a mercenary force in support of Bolivar, & returned to England in 1820 where he joined the prison service, became a friend of Charles Dickens & Elizabeth Fry & a campaigner for prison reform. Valuable account of the war of 1812, the activities of Bolivar, & 19th Century prison reform in England. Attractive contemp. full green calf, sps. richly gilt with raised bands & claret lettering labels, little rubbed, easily VG & rare. See illustration on our website.   £250

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