The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies; from 1799 to 1815.
First published 1814-5, the text in this copy watermarked preponderantly in 1812, the plates 1819-22, the interleaves 1820. As Abbey explains “copies have been seen with paper marked as late as 1835” but in such cases the colour is usually blatantly crude, the colour in the present copy remains of a very high standard. The most famous English colour plate book recording the military endeavours of the Napoleonic wars, considered by Hardie to be “a brilliant and worthy record of a brilliant period in our country’s history.” A superbly presented copy.
Folio (339 276 mm) Twentieth-century royal blue crushed morocco by Birdsall, title gilt to spine, raised bands, double gilt ruled panels to the compartments, attractive concentric gilt panels to the boards with large laurel wreath corner-pieces, beaded edge-roll, all edges gilt, wide-turn-ins with gilt rolls and laurel wreath corner-pieces, marbled endpapers. Uncoloured title-page vignette, coloured arms to the dedication leaf, 51 fine hand coloured aquatint plates by Sutherland, Dubourg, Havell & Hill after Heath. Very light shelfwear, some light browning, off-set to the interleaves, a very good copy, handsomely bound.
Bibliography: Abbey, Life, 365; Hardie, English Coloured Books; Tooley 281Don't understand our descriptions? Try reading our Glossary