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Napoleonic Wars   41 Books
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A History of the Operations of the French & British Armies in Egypt, From the Landing of Bonaparte to the Restoration of the Ottoman Power; To Which is Prefixed An Ample Desctiption of the Moral & Physical State of the Country, with Remarks on its Political Importance, & A Sketch of its History Previous to the Epoch of the French Invasion. By Several Gentlemen, Members of the Literary & Philosophical Society in Newcastle upon Tyne. Vol. I only of II: 1st Ed., xviii+752pp., frontis., fldg. map. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Printed by K. Anderson, in The Side. 1809  #56283
[HLMainPic] Volume I only, contatining a very detailed description of Egypt, its peoples, geography, industry, &c., at the time of the military events described in the (absent) Vol. II. Serviceable modern qtr. blue morocco, gilt, VG thus & rare. See illustration on our website.   £75
[HOOK (Theodore)] The Life of General, The Right Honourable Sir David Baird, Bart., G.C.B., H.C. &c. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xii+448 & viii+442pp., portrait frontis. in Vol. I, 2 fldg. maps, plan. Bentley. 1832  #56096
[HLMainPic] Standard biography: 71st HLI in India from 1780, severely wounded relieving Arcot & became a prisoner of Hyder Ali for nearly four years of deprivation. On release returned to England & in due course purchased command of the 71st. Returned to India as Bde. commander & saw much service in Mahratta Wars: captured Pondicherry in 1795 & led the storming party at Seringapatam in 1799. In Egypt 1801 he famously marched his force across the desert to the Nile. South America (Monte Video) &c. then in the Peninsula War he lost an arm at Corunna which finished his active command; later C-in-C Ireland &c. Recent brown cloth, gilt to sps., VG thus & scarce. See illustration on our website.   £90
AN OFFICER [PORTER (Robert Ker)] Letters from Portugal & Spain, written during the March of the British Troops under Sir John Moore. With a Map of the Route & Appropriate Engravings [from drawings by the author]. 1st Ed., xvi+320pp., 7 plates, fldg. map. Longman et al. 1809.  #56806
[HLMainPic] Rare original edition of the classic account of Corunna campaign. Contemp. qtr. leather, gilt, marbled paper covd. boards, somewhat rubbed & chipped at edges, with a little damage to the marbled sides;frontis. & one other plate have some hand-colouring of no merit. See illustrations on our website.   £225
BARRES (M.) Ed. Memoirs of a Napoleonic Officer, Jean-Baptiste BarrŠs. 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  #56618
[HLMainPic] Acclaimed work. Somewhat sunned o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
BOURGOGNE (Sgt.) Memoirs of Sergeant Bourgogne (1812-1813). Authorised Translation from the French Original, Ed. by Paul Cottin & Maurice H‚nault. 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.   £15
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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