Two Volumes Complete, The R. S. Surtees Society, Nunney, Nr. Frome. Vol. I: New ed., 1984. Xxviii + 351 pp., cold., frontis., + 12 other cold., plates. Vol. II: New ed., 1985. Xii + 343 pp., cold., frontis., + 11 other cold., plates. Both Vols.: Bound in slightly different shades of brown cloth, otherwise uniform with gilt, silver & red armorials to front covers; 26 x 17cm. The plates are all present as called for under the list of illustrations but strangely both spines record an irregular number of coloured plates; front covers leaning a little on both volumes o/w V.G.+. and contents FINE. Howell Rees Gronow was born in Glamorganshire in 1874. He was educated at Eton and in 1812 he received a commission as an ensign in the Grenadier Guards, 1st Regiment of Foot Guards. He went on to become a Welsh Grenadier Guards officer and he served in the Peninsular Wars and at Waterloo before resigning his commission in 1821. He stood for Parliament in the 1830's but the election was declared invalid. A dandy, a debtor, a duellist, and a raconteur, Gronow lived the high life in Regency London and Paris amongst names like the Prince Regent and Beau Brummell. He was also a talented writer whose memoirs formed a lively picture of Regency and Victorian society and are accompanied by his endearing pen-portraits. His memoirs give information on how to get invited to a ball, how to fight a duel, how to make a successful elopement, how to win (and just as importantly, how to lose) at the gambling table, and how to wear the right trousers. More seriously, however, his descriptions of the war in Spain, Waterloo and the Paris riots of 1848 are brilliant first hand accounts of great historical importance. Gronow lived in Paris until his death in 1865, where having married twice, he had four children by both of his French wives. Originally published in four volumes between 1862 and 1866 this edition has been published in two volumes with attractive coloured plates.