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HORNE, Thomas Hartwell (1780--1862)
An illustrated record of important events in the annals of Europe, during the years 1812, 1813, 1814, & 1815. Comprising a series of views of Paris, Moscow, the Kremlin, Dresden, Berlin, the battles of Leipsic, etc. etc. etc. together with a history of those momentous transactions.
London: printed by T. Bensley, for R. Bowyer, 1815 [-1816].
60, [5], 62--76, [28], 10, [2], 34 p., [24] pl. (1 map, 23 hand-col. aquat., 5 fold.) : [1] wd-engr. illus. ; 47.0 cm. (2°)

Tipped-in before the title-page in this copy is an unperfected half-sheet (height 40.3 cm.) entitled 'Mr. Bowyer's Address to The Patrons Of ... The Illustrated Record...' promising 'to furnish his Subscribers, GRATIS, with an historical Narrative of those important Events which, it is easy to perceive, will take place in the course of the present year'. Bowyer's promise was fulfilled in three distinct ways: firstly, by an unpaginated four-page 'Appendix; Containing An Historical Summary of Events, From The Landing Of Buonaparte To The Termination Of The Campaign of Waterloo, And The Conclusion Of The Treaty Of Peace, Nov. 20, 1815.'; secondly, by a ten-page collection of 'Biographical Notices' covering ninety-eight principal participants on both sides throughout the war, which forms an explanatory key for two composite plates reproducing their respective portraits in miniature; and lastly, by a 34-page account of the battle of Waterloo which was issued with its own title-page dated 1816, reading 'The Campaign of Waterloo, Illustrated With Engravings ... A Correct Military Plan, Together With A Grand View Of The Battle On A Large Scale. To Which Is Prefixed A History Of The Campaign, ...' (q.v.). It is clear from the 'Directions to the Binder' (an unperfected halfsheet, 32.7 cm. in height, tipped-in at the end of this copy) that all three of these additional elements are called for in the final form of the book: the first is directed to be bound following p.60 of the historical account; the second, to come after the unpaginated text describing the views of the cities &c.; and the third to be placed at the end to complete the whole. Bowyer's generosity to his subscribers may seem uncharacteristic of a publisher, but it should be noted that the second and third of his 'additions' were not exclusively (nor even principally) intended as additions to his subscriber's book, but were produced for sale independently in order to take commercial advantage of the unprecedented demand generated by the extraordinary events they describe. A general awareness of the latter fact goes some way towards explaining the oddly apologetic tone of a fascimile covering-letter dated 21 June 1816 that Bowyer sent to subscribers to justify the additions he had made to the book.

Copy Notes Copy 1: A copy of this facsimile cover-letter is tipped-in facing the title-page of 'The Campaign of Waterloo ...' in Soane's subscriber's copy and is inscribed in ink at the bottom part 3 Recvd £3. 0. 0 / J. Soane Esq. On 27 August 1816 Soane paid this amount to Robert Bowyer via J. Wildman 'for the third and last part' of the work (Ref. 16/12/57); £3 to Mr. Bowyer on 28 August 1816 (Jnl 6, p. 208). Bound with The campaign of Waterloo, illustrated with engravings ..., 1816 (q.v.).
Copy 2: cm. Without the directions to the binder. With armorial bookplate of Henry Crabb on front paste-down. Bound with The campaign of Waterloo, illustrated with engravings ..., 1816 (q.v.).

Binding Copy 1: C19th half green morocco, blind roll-tooled borders, gilt double-rule spine, dark green morocco-grain publisher's cloth.
Copy 2: C19th full straight-grain green morocco, ornate gilt-tooled borders with palmette motif, gilt-tooled spine, gilt fore-edges. Probably bound by Fairbairn & Armstrong (cf. Charles Ramsden, London bookbinders 1780--1840, 1956, pl. VII).

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