ABC CLIO, Santa Barbara, 1st ed., 2006. Vol. 1 : Xlvii+ 396 + 71 pp. Vol. 2 : Xxxiii + pp., 397 – 804 + 71 pp. Vol. 3 : Xxxii + pp., 805 – 1213 + 71 pp. All Vols. Ills., maps & plans. Laminated boards ; 28 x 22cm. Small signature of the late military historian, David Westwood, to f.e.p.’s (blank) ; some minor dents to rear cover of Vol. 3 o/w Nr.FINE / FINE. The Napoleonic Era, from the fall of the Bastille to the Emperor’s exile, was among Western civilization’s most pivotal epochs, one that reshaped the world forever. These three extraordinarily rich volumes capture the full sweep of the transformation of Europe from 1792 to 1815. There are over 800 A-Z entries on the military, political, cultural and social aspects of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Over 90 contributors draw on a range of primary source documents, including first-hand accounts of battles, treaty texts, key state papers and more. Ten contextual essays provide useful background information on war, society, politics, science, diplomacy, art and other subjects. The wealth of narrative is supported by 97 illustrations of battles on land and at sea and of commanders representing all the major belligerent powers, as well as sovereigns and political leaders from a range of nations. Furthermore, 65 maps include depictions of Europe at the start and conclusion of the wars ; major battles and campaigns, including troop movements ; and the political changes produced by major treaties and international conferences. Unlike other works on the subject, this ground-breaking encyclopedia combines coverage of Napoleon’s rule with that of the crucial Revolutionary years in France that sets the stage for his rise to power. UNCOMMON. A three-volume set.