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CANNON, Richard.
Historical Record of The Fifteenth, or The King's Regiment of Light Dragoons, Hussars:
London: John W. Parker,, 1841. Octavo (211 x 136 mm) Contemporary red straight-grained morocco "presentation binding", title gilt direct to the spine, flat bands, crowned lion statant surmounting Imperial crown gilt to the first compartment; title across the second and third, lower two with single fillet panel enclosing design of foliate devices, both boards with panel of thick and thin gilt fillets enclosing a panel of gilt strapwork linking a series of roundels containing stylised foliate tools, centre tool of the Royal arms, title above and below foliate edge-roll, all edges gilt, moderate blue surface-paper endpapers, foliate roll to the turn-ins. Engraved series title and a single hand-coloured lithographic plate (by Madeley), heightened with gum arabic, showing a mounted officer. Bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst, retail chemist and bibliophile, who, alongside his impressive naval library, collected books of the 18th and 19th centuries in well-preserved contemporary bindings. Very light rubbing at the extremities, pale toning to the text, a very good copy. First edition. "Reputedly, William IV proposed that a series of regimental histories should be compiled, whereby the general public could be apprised of the distinguished services rendered by the regiments of the British army Â… the work of compilation was entrusted by royal warrant to Cannon. He started immediately and the first volume to be published was a history of the Life Guards in 1837. Cannon's warrant expired on the death of William IV but was renewed on Victoria's accession to the throne. Unfortunately the … [Click Below for Full Description]
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