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History Of the War In France And Belgium, in 1815. Containing Minute Details of the Battles of Quatre Bras, Ligny, Wavre, and Waterloo. [together with:] Plans and Maps to the History of the Waterloo Campaign. [&:] SIBORNE, H.T. Waterloo Letters: A Selection from Original and hitherto Unpublished Letters bearing on the Operations of the 16th, 17th, and 18th June, 1815, By Officers who served in the Campaign. Edited with Explanatory Notes
London: T. and W. Boone, 1844 - 3 octavo text volumes, together with folio portfolio containing the maps. First-named in the original red morocco-grained cloth, title gilt to the spines, large trophy of arms within broad panels in blind to all boards, pale cream surface-paper endpapers; the plans in the publisher's red cloth portfolio, title gilt to the upper board, trophy of arms gilt to the lower; the Waterloo Letters in original red cloth, title gilt to the spine, blind single-ruled panels to the boards. A little rubbed and soiled, spines relined and with some minor judicious repairs, rear hinges repaired, frontispiece of volume I foxed and offsetting onto the title page, as usual, as also some foxing throughout, but overall a carefully restored copy in the original cloth; the portfolio a little rubbed and stained, professionally cleaned, the lining and flaps renewed, as also the ties; the Letters a little rubbed, spine sunned, but overall very good. Together an excellent group in the publisher's bindings. In the first, a superbly engraved medallic portrait frontispiece to each, and 9 other similar portraits in all; the portfolio with 11 engraved maps, dispositions in colour, loosely inserted, as issued; the last-named with folding map frontispiece, and on other similar map, 17 plans with dispositions printed in colour, 8 of these folding, 4 plans to the text The History is the second edition, same year as the first - which "sold off in a very few days" - with minor corrections, and there was only one issue of the extraordinary, and highly sought-after, Plans and Maps, offering the best possible contour view of the field, outside of Siborne's model itself. The Letters are a first edition. Siborne's published works represent an unprecedented synthesis of wide-ranging research, informed direct enquiry, physical immersion, expert surveying, and cutting-edge visual representation. Remains foundational to the understanding of the most famous, and controversial, military engagement of the nineteenth century. A recognized authority on surveying and plan-drawing, having published on the subject, Siborne was commissioned in 1830 to produce a minutely accurate scale model of the field of Waterloo. "He lived for eight months at the farm of La Haye-Sainte on the field of battle, and made a survey of the whole ground, upon which he based his model. The execution of this work occupied some years, as Siborne devoted to it only such time as his professional duties permitted. In 1833 the progress of the work was interrupted by the refusal of the new ministry to allot funds for it. Thrown upon his own resources he continued the work until its completion in 1838, at a cost of nearly £3000" (ODNB) The model stirred controversy, revealing as it did the vital intervention of Blücher's 48,000 Prussians; Wellington pointedly absented himself from the exhibition at the Egyptian Hall, and Siborne failed to recoup costs. He subsequently made a model of a smaller portion of the field on a larger scale to show the decisive charge of Anglesey's cavalry and Picton's infantry, exhibiting both side by side, and publishing his guide to the New Waterloo Model. "Having amassed much information from surviving officers on the battle and the entire campaign, Siborne in 1844 published his two-volume History of the War in France and Belgium in 1815 (with folio atlas); it long remained a standard work." The plates are all engraved by Alfred Robert Freebairn using the anaglyptographic process, whereby "objects with raised surfaces, such as coins, medals, and reliefs, into patterns of printed lines which suggest the contours of the original" (ODNB). The battlefield maps offer truly remarkable visual effects when viewed, as suggested, with the upper edge "placed nearest the light", this atlas is extremely uncommon, and we have never seen another set offered in the original cloth portfolio. Offered in addition to this set is an excellent copy of the volume of correspondence relating to Siborne's mode
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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