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DODGE, Theodore Ayrault.

Napoleon.

A History of the Art of War, from the Beginning of the French Revolution to the End of the Eighteenth Century, with a Detailed Account of the Wars of the French Revolution ... [and] the Napoleonic Wars ... to Waterloo.

Published: Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1904–7

Stock code: 110073

Price: £750

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First edition, presentation copy, warmly inscribed by the author in the first three volumes to his cousin, the orientalist Alice Getty, author of The Gods of Northern Buddhism (1914). In the first, “Miss Alice E. Getty with the cousinly greetings of the Author, Xmas 1905”, in the second, “Miss Alice Getty with the warm regards of the Author, May 1904”, and in the third, charmingly, “To my much-travelled Cousin Alicia, these memoirs of a Man, who however Great, never went to Pekin, the author, Xmas 1907”. Dodge’s monumental history in his “Great Captains” series is distinctly uncommon signed or inscribed.

4 volumes octavo. Original plum diapered cloth, title gilt to the spines, top edges gilt, the others uncut. Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each, profusely illustrated throughout. numerous maps to the text, many of these full-page or folding. A little rubbed and soiled, whitening at the head and tail of the spines, occasional scuffs to the boards, light browning throughout, as usual, hinges slightly loose as often, front hinge of volume II, neatly repaired, overall a very good set.

Bibliography: Sandler 1012

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