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MUDFORD, William.

An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands,

in 1815, under His Grace the Duke of Wellington, and Marshal Prince Blucher, comprising the battles of Ligny, Quatre Bras, and Waterloo... Embellished with a series of plates, descriptive of the country between Brussels and Charleroi, from drawings made on the spot, by James Rouse.

London: Henry Colburn, 1817 Stock Code: 130174
£5,000.00
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"A lavishly produced work"

First edition, a superior copy in an elegant period binding, beautifully hand-coloured, with pre-publication watermarks (William Balston 1814 or Whatman; Abbey's copy bearing those of J. Whatman 1816).

A superb visual record of the field of Waterloo after the battle, illustrating scenes at Mont St Jean, La Haye Sainte, La Belle Alliance, Hougoumont, Genappe, Ligny, and Quatre Bras, among others. James Rouse was an early witness to the aftermath of battle, where "at Quatre Bras pale corpses still littered the ground and he made sketches while the dead were still being buried or burned" (Tim Clayton, Waterloo: Four Days that Changed Europe's Destiny, 2014). Cruikshank contributed the very attractive additional title page, the portraits of the Allied generals, the flight of Napoleon, and the fine folding view of the French cavalry attack on the British squares ("delineated under the inspection of Officers who were present").

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Description

Quarto (320 x 264 mm). Contemporary red straight-grained morocco, spine with three broad, flat raised bands carrying title gilt ("Battle / of / Waterloo"), spine richly gilt tooled with foliate motifs, sides with concentric panels in gilt and blind comprising neo-classical and foliate motifs, gilt roll tool turn-ins, drab grey-green endpapers, gilt edges.

Illustrations

Additional hand-coloured etched and aquatinted titlepage by Cruikshank, 27 similar plates (one folding) by and after Rouse or after Criuikshank, folding map and battle plan (printed in green and hand-coloured); plates B, D, L and DD mounted (as noted by A

Condition

Spine a little sunned, binding slightly rubbed at extremities, minor abrasions and stripping, front inner hinge cracked but sound, map a little foxed; professional repairs to folding battle plan and folding general view of the battle, light creasing to a couple of plates and a little marginal soiling yet this remains a handsome copy.

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