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GROSE, Francis.

Military Antiquities respecting a History of the English Army,

from the Conquest to the Present Time.

Published: London: J. Stockdale, 1812

Stock code: 79231

Price: £650

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New edition, with material additions and improvements, published after Francis Grose’s death from an apoplectic fit on 12 May 1791, aged 52. “Grose was a sort of antiquarian Falstaff – at least he possessed in a striking degree the knight’s physical peculiarities; but he was a man of true honour and charity, a valuable friend. His humour, his varied knowledge and his good nature were all eminently calculated to make him a favourite in society.” – Encyclop’dia Britannica.

2 volumes, quartos (262 x 206 mm). Bound by Zaehnsdorf in later 19th century half morocco, spines gilt in compartments with fine gilt tooling to raised bands, brown cloth to sides, top edges gilt, others marbled, with marbled endpapers. Illustrated throughout with over 100 copper-engraved plates depicting armour, weapons, siege instruments, and infantry in full battle dress. Ownership stamp of, “J. F. F. Tate”, a 19th century military man, to front free endpaper and first blank. Spine somewhat faded, cloth sides lightly rubbed, some internal foxing, cockling and tanning. A very good copy in a lovely binding, still both very presentable and readable.

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