Forty, S. & Swift, M.


1st ed., 2003. 144 pp., frontis., + cold., photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 25 x 29 cm. FINE. This book tells the story in maps of the period of the Napoleonic Wars, starting with the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and ending with the house on St. Helena provided for Napoleon by his British captors. As many of these maps come from British sources, particularly the Public Record Office at Kew, there is material aplenty on the naval successes of Nelson, the Peninsular War and the successes of Arthur Wellesley, later Duke of Wellington, and events that involved British forces. However it also has a surprisingly diverse collection of the battles fought by Napoleon in central Europe and Russia, and of contemporary maps of European states.

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