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MARTIAL ACHIEVEMENTS ...
The martial achievements of Great Britain and her allies; from 1799 to 1815.
London: printed for Js. Jenkins, by L. Harrison [and J.C. Leigh], [1814, 1815.]
[2], i--ii, [1], vi--viii, iv, [124], iv p., [53] hand-col. aquatint pl. ; 33.2 cm. (Large 4º)

This spectacular volume was the most famous English colour plate book on the Napoleonic wars. It was originally issued in 13 parts; the collation is confusing because after original issue the parts have been re-arranged. Each plate is accompanied by at least two pages of descriptive text composed of extracts from dispatches and letters, the majority from the Duke of Wellington. Includes a list of officers killed, wounded or missing after the Battle of Waterloo. A companion volume of Naval Achievements was published in 1816--1817. The hand-coloured aquatint plates, protected by tissue guards, are mostly by T. Sutherland (others by M. Dubourg, D. Havell, J. Hill and I. Clark) after drawings by W. Heath, dated 1814--1815.

Contents list and list of subscribers at end. Engraved title-page with vignette, hand-coloured aquatint vignette title after Heath lettered 'Martial Acheivements Vol 1', dedication leaf to the Duke of Wellington with hand-coloured coat-of-arms. See J.R. Abbey, Life in England in aquatint and lithography, 1770--1860 (1972), no. 365; R.V. Tooley, English books with coloured plates 1790 to 1860 (1954), no. 281.

Copy Notes This is a large-paper copy with the additional 54th plate, a hand-coloured aquatint portrait of the Duke of Wellington, published in February 1816. The front pastedown bears the armorial bookplate of Henry Crabb (not among the subscribers).

Binding C19th red morocco, gilt-ruled and blind-tooled Greek key borders with gilt-tooled cornerpieces, rectangular frames with blind-tooled lozenge panels; gilt- and blind-tooled spine decoration; doublure with blind-tooled dentelle and gilt roll-tooled Greek key border, gilt roll-tooled yellow-washed silk endpapers, gilt edges, brown silk bookmark.

Reference Number 488


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