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THE WARS OF NAPOLEON.  THE WEST POINT MILITARY HISTORY SERIES., Britt, Albert Sidney.  Thomas E. Griess, series editor.
1 Britt, Albert Sidney. Thomas E. Griess, series editor. THE WARS OF NAPOLEON. THE WEST POINT MILITARY HISTORY SERIES.
Avery, Wayne, New Jersey, (1985), 3rd printing. 
185 pp, 4to (11" H), soft cover. Profusely illustrated in b&w with drawings, reproductions, photographs, battle plans. Contents: The Italian and Egyptian Campaigns; The Empire and the Grande Armee; The Ulm and Austerlitz Campaigns; The Jena and Fr iedland Campaigns; Defensive on the Danube and in Spain; Offensive Into Russia; Defeat at Leipzig and Napoleon's Abdication; The Downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo; Epilogue; Selected Bibliography; Glossary. Interior - faint cigarette odor, o t h e r w i s e clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light rubbing, soft crease on rear cover, very minor edge wear, minor bump at bottom of spine, small remainder mark on bottom of textblock. VG 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALS., Delderfield, R.F.  (Ronald Frederic Delderfield.)
2 Delderfield, R.F. (Ronald Frederic Delderfield.) NAPOLEON'S MARSHALS.
Philadelphia Chilton 1966 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
242 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w illustrations. "Napoleon, that master strategist, created twenty-six Marshals of France between the years 1804 and 1815. These men, who held the highest positions in the Empire after Napoleon himself, came from diverse, and often humble backgrounds. Among the twenty-six were officers, sergeant majors, rankers, apprentices, a farmer's boy, a brewer, a poet, a smuggler, an actor, a barber, and a prince. The two qualities they all had in common were courage and ambition. During the years when Napoleon was conqueror of most of Europe, the marshals acquired titles and great riches, and in the end there was only one who was not to some extent corrupted by greed or ambition, and who remained loyal to the man who had elevated them all to power. Through their stories, and the eyes of the author, the entire panorama of French history, from the first days of the French Revolution until the restoration of the Bourbons, is seen. The color and excitement of the great battles, the strategy, the roll of history is here in (this book), the first to follow the actual careers of the marshals from July, 1789, until their deaths." Light cigarette odor, a few pages with small a soft wrinkle at top corner, very light browning to top and fore-edge of text block, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light browning at top edge, very light edge wear/wrinkling, one small edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
3 Glover, Michael. WELLINGTON'S PENINSULAR VICTORIES: BUSACO - SALAMANCA - VITORIA - NIVELLE. BRITISH BATTLE SERIES.
London B. T. Batsford 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good+ 
192 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H). "In the course of the Peninsular War, Wellington became the most celebrated general in British history. When he landed in Lisbon in April 1809, however, there seemed little reason to suppose that the British could maintain their foothold in Portugal, still less to imagine that the French could be driven out of the Peninsula and across the Pyrenees. Since 1793 the British army had experienced a long succession of defeats and reverses. Before Wellington could take the field he had first to overhaul the entire organization of his forces. His allies' troops were ill-led, ill-trained and ill-equipped. His atttempts to co-operate with his Spanish colleagues were stultified by rivalry and distrust. Michael Glover has written a lucid narrative of the difficulties and set-backs of the five years' campaigning that brought the allies to Toulouse in April 1814. Against this background are full-scale accounts of the four battles - Busaco, Salamanca, Vitoria and the Nivelle - in which Wellington defeated his principal opponents of the War - Massena, Marmont, Jourdan and Soult. The officers and men who served in the Peninsula left behind them many absorbing and often moving eyewitness descriptions, and it is on these, no less than on his long acquaintance with the secondary sources of the history of the War, that (he) has based his study of the battles. The numerous illustrations, taken from the supreme period of military art, are themselves of outstanding interest and, with the six maps and plans in the text, complement a perceptive account of Wellington and his army." Light edge wear, previous owner's name stamp on front pastedown, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has browning to the spine and edges, light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few very small edge tears. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
4 Hamilton-williams, David. THE FALL OF NAPOLEON: THE FINAL BETRAYAL.
London Brockhampton 1999 1860199852 / 9781860199851 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
352 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w plates, maps/battle plans. "This important study of the cause and effects of Napoleon's removal from power tracks the significant events in his illustrious career through to his downfall and, while doing so, charts the clandestine diplomatic intrigues linking Britain, Austria, Russia and Prussia in the quest for the Emperor's demise. Using substantial new research, (the author) questions many of the established views in Napoleonic literature to date. By disclosing hitherto secret terrorist organizations, uncovering the attempts to assassinate Napoleon, highlighting unbridled political duplicity, and demonstrating a host of previously misinterpreted signals and actions, he instigates a fresh assessment of the fall of Napoleon, new reasons to consider how much it was self-inflicted and how much it became inevitable given the combined forces - 'friend' and well as 'foe' - ranged against him. However great his military campaigns, how often he was victorious on the battle-field, Napoleon was destined to be deposed by political connivance and personal betrayal." Very small bump at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A GENTLEMAN VOLUNTEER: THE LETTERS OF GEORGE HENNELL FROM THE PENINSULAR WAR, 1812-1813., Hennell, George.  Edited by Michael Glover.
5 Hennell, George. Edited by Michael Glover. A GENTLEMAN VOLUNTEER: THE LETTERS OF GEORGE HENNELL FROM THE PENINSULAR WAR, 1812-1813.
Heinemann, London, (1979), first edition. 
181 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w reproductions, maps, battle plans. "George Hennell, born about 1785 the son of a Coventry ribbon manufacturer and tradesman, joined Wellington's army in the Peninsula as a Volunteer, was commissioned in the field in the Forty-third Light Infantry, and served through the campaigns of 1812-13. Of his letters home twenty-six (all but two of them unpublished) survive, and these have been edited by the historian Michael Glover with a ge neral introduction, summaries of the events in the campaign covered by the letters, notes and appendices. The discovery of the letters represents a considerable find. Hennell is particularly good at conveying the detail of everyday life i n t h e f i e ld and camp and from his vivid pen the reader can gain a first-hand impression of what it was like to be a young officer on active service more than a century and a half ago. He is exceptional as a reporter because he not only rec ou nt s e ve nt s a s th ey happen but tries to analyse his own reactions to the dangers and horrors through which he is passing. He sometimes illustrated his letters with diagrams and fluent sketches, several of which are reproduced in this book . Hen ne ll' s s tor y beg in s d ramatically in the thick of the action when as a raw recruit armed only with a letter of introduction to General Picton he joins the British camp just two days before the bloody storming of the citadel of Badajoz. It end s w ith the vict or ious ar my d escending the Pyrenees to invade the soil of France shortly before the fall of Napoleon." Previous owners small stamp and small bookstore label on front pastedown, light edge wear and wrinkling at top/botto m o f spi ne, very lig ht we ar at co rner s. D ust jacket has very light edge wear/wrinkling. VG/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
CORUNNA., Hibbert, Christopher.
6 Hibbert, Christopher. CORUNNA.
London B.T. Batsford 1961 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good - 
216 pp, 9" H. B&w plates, drawings, maps. Wraparound jacket art reproduces an aquatint of the death of Sir John Moore by T. Sutherland. "(The first book) to be devoted exclusively to the Battle of Corunna and to the short campaign which preceded it. Mr Hibbert has made extensive use of the many eye-witness accounts which survive in the form of official despatches, histories, diaries, memoirs and letters. With the aid of these, he not only shows a remarkable understanding of Sir John Moore and his fellow-officers, of their conflicting characters and views, but he also provides, through the eyes of officers and men alike, a horrifying picture of the hardships of this brief and bitter campaign. The narra-tive is made the more vivid by the numerous illustrations from contemporary paintings and engravings, and by the five specially prepared maps." Previous owner's small name stamp on front pastedown, top corner clipped off the front free endpaper, a few small light soiling marks on preliminaries preceding frontispiece, light edge wear - mostly on bottom edge. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has one small edge chip with small tear, very light edge wear - mostly on spine edges, small scuff on spine, browning at top/bottom edges of flaps, light browning on spine, a 4" pencil line and a 4" faint scratch on rear panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
MOORE OF CORUNNA., Parkinson, Roger.
7 Parkinson, Roger. MOORE OF CORUNNA.
Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, St Albans, 1976, first edition. 
245 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0246107553 B&w illustrations. "Of all British generals who claim the admiration of future generations, Sir John Moore perhaps most truly embodies the ideal of the perfect leader. His c ourage, tactical brilliance, decisiveness, incorruptibility, and gift for firing the spirits of his men in battle were combined with a conscientious regard for the authoity of his government at home - even when its dictates were at odds with h i s o w n sense of the military realities. Rober Parkinson portrays, with a vitality that matches his subject, Moore's extraordinary career: from the first taste of action against the rebel in America to his early personal triumphs against the Fr en ch in C or sica, Holland and Egypt. Then came the clouds of controversy; Moore's involvement in uneasy and dangerous relationships with local authorities in Corsica, Sicily and Sweden brought criticism as well as fame, and foreshadowed the tra gic ro l e h e w oul d play in the Peninsular War. The desperate retreat to Corunna and the last heroic stand against Napoleon's armies are movingly and dramatically told. Dominating the tumult of events and intrigues is the character of a ma n in who m 'e xe rtio ns a mong st dangers and difficulties is preferred to idleness', whose private feelings were subordinated to loyalty to his country and the passionate love of his profession; a restrained eighteenth century gentleman who gave a cap tured Fren ch comma nder his o wn sword to make him feel more comfortable, and who continued to ask as the last life ebbed from his body, 'Are the French beaten?'." Book slightly cocked, light wrinkling at top of spine, small very light stain on of text block. D ust ja cket has li ght wrinkling at top of spine, one tiny edge tear, light liquid stain at bottom inside spine. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
8 Parkinson, Roger. THE PENINSULAR WAR.
Hart-Davis MacGibbon, London, (1973). 
208 pp, large 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, b&w and color reproductions, maps. "It began in 1808 with Napoleon at the height of his power, and ended with his attempted suicide in 1814; he called it his 'Spanish ulcer'. It began w ith the young Sir Arthur Wellesley eighth in official line of command, and saw his rise to the title of Duke of Wellington and Britain's greatest general; in a series of savagely-fought battles - Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Vitoria - Wellington's 'scum' avenged Corunna and swept Spain clean of France's finest troops..." Very light edge wear to boards, top corners of boards light bumped, small bump to top edge of rear board, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light browning to edges of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has crease at top of rear flap, light edge wrinkling, scuffs at top edge of front flap, minor edge wear elsewhere. VG/VG 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
9 Read, Jan. WAR IN THE PENINSULA.
Faber and Faber, London, (1977), Ist edition. 
256 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "...It was, after all, a war for the independence of Spain and Portugal and had far-reaching repercussions outside the Peninsula: notably the liberation of South America from foreign domination. Drawing upon contemporary documents and eyewitness accounts, Jan Read's book sets the conflict in its wider historical context and pays special attention to the activities of the guerillas, whose day-to-day attacks on the invader inflicted a terrib le toll on the French and did as much to achieve ultimate victory as the more spectacular victories of Wellington...a vividly readable account, which brings to life the intrigues of the corrupt Bourbon court, the machinations of Napoleon, individual bravery on the battlefield, the horrors of a war so unforgettably depicted by Goya, and the attempts to forge a more liberal Spain." Previous owners bookplate on front paste-down, boards lightly bowed, small paper pull at top of rear end papers, soft crease at bottom of index pages, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light edge wrinkling, small area of color fading on rear hinge. VG/VG 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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