Fitchett, W. H. (Ed.).


1st ed., 1900. 419 pp. Full tree calf school presentation binding with gilt acorn & U.C.S. Paulatim in gilt to front board + gilt borders ; raised bands & ornate gilt decoration to spine ; marbled edges + e.p.'s ; 19 x 12cm. 'University College School' presentation label to f.e.p., dated 1906 + attractive pervious owner's 'Peninsula Library' label to f.f.e.p., ; some clouding / mottling to covers + front joint cracked but held by the stitching o/w V.G. The author edited this riveting work so that the reader could understand some of the most famous Napoleonic Campaigns through the eyes of the men who fought in them. The records begin with a section headed by Kincaid who in 1809 joined the second battalion of the famous 95th ' the "Rifles" in the immortal Light Division, and who marched with his battalion in 1811 from the lines of Torres Vedras to Waterloo. The following popular section concerns the accounts by "Rifleman" Harris, one of Craufurd's Veterans, who fought in the Peninsula. Throughout seven captivating chapters Harris recalls in a lively narrative his experiences of some of the most fascinating campaigns in history. James Anton, who rose to be quarter-master-sergeant of the 42nd, or Royal Highlanders, heads the next section which includes his famous accounts of the 42nd at Quatre Bras. Finally, Mercer, whose long military career climaxed during June 16 - 18, 1815 recalls the terrors and glory of Waterloo. First Edition copy in a very attractive Full Tree Calf binding with gilt decoration.

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