Houssaye, Henry.


1st ed., 1914. Xv + 521 pp., 3 large fldg., maps, 1 cold. Blue cloth; gilt; 22 x 14cm. Minor marks to covers + small bump to corner o/w V.G. The campaign of 1814 in France, in which the courage of Napoleon's soldiers rivalled the genius of their leader, was divided into three distinct phases. The first phase lasted from January 25 to February 8, and was marked by the threatening advance of the allies. The second phase, which was marked by a succession of victories for Napoleon, lasted from February 9 to 26. The third phase of the campaign opened by the action at Bar-sur-Aube on February 27, and ended at the battle of Paris on March 30. In this phase the fortune of war turned against the Emperor but there were many alternations in the campaign. Three times the indomitable genius of Napoleon was on the point of restoring the fight, and three times the allies were on the brink of disaster, but fortune was on their side and saved them from defeat. This last period of the campaign is the least well known and the most dramatic, and it is the focus of this book. The narrative, however, carries on to cover the abdication of the Emperor, and the general historical developments have been described as well as the purely military. The earlier phases of the invasion, also, have not been forgotten. For the purposes of this book only original documents have been made use of and this uncommon work is illustrated with three substantial folding maps. VERY SCARCE First Edition.

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