The Great Duke or the Invincible General by Arthur Bryant hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Collins, 1971, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Portrait to the frontispiece; From the cover: Apart from his works on the 17th century and the early history of England, Sir Arthur has made an outstanding contribution to British Military history. His volumes on the Alanbrooke Diaries were described by the late Earl Attlee as the most important publication on the Second World War, by the wartime Vice-Chief of the Imperial General Staff as a military classic showing all the attributes of genius in a historian, and by Hugh Trevor Roper, the Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, as a marvellous and memorable work.
During the ten years between 1940 and 1950 Sir Arthur Bryant was engaged on his three great books on the Napoleonic Wars, The Years of Endurance, Years of Victory and The Age of Elegance work for which he was given Honorary Degrees at the Universities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews and awarded the rare and coveted Cheney Gold Medal of the Royal United Services Institution for an outstanding contribution to military history, an honour shared in that decade only by Sir Winston Churchill. In the course of his work Sir Arthur accumulated a vast mass of material about the military career of the Duke of Wellington, only part of which he was able to use. Lately, while engaged on research for a forthcoming book on the Rifle Brigade the greatest of all Wellingtons Peninsular regiments and of which for thirty-two years he was Colonel-in-Chief- he has taken up his study of him as a soldier where he left it twenty years ago.
In doing so and following up his shorter life of Nelson published last year, he has returned to the biographical field in which he first made his name and has written an enthralling narrative, equal in scholarship, breadth of vision and depth of human sympathy to his earlier biographies of Charles II and Pepys described by Harold Nicolson as among the greatest of English biographies.
Very Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed at the head and tail with triangular loss to the head of the upper panel. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt on Red Title Plate titling to the Spine.
492 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9¼” x 6″.
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