Wellington’s Army: The Uniforms of the British Soldier, 1812-1815 by Philip Haythornthwaite soon to be presented for sale on the first-class BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Greenhill Books, 2002, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates ;
From the cover: Charles Hamilton Smiths illustrations of the soldiers of the British Army are a faithful and delightful record of how Wellingtons troops were uniformed and equipped. Wellingtons Army presents the complete collection of these sought after plates in a special, large format and provides a superb evocation of British military uniforms during the closing years of the Peninsular War and at the epic battle of Waterloo.
The plates, drawn from life and completed in 1814, cover all the branches of service, including general officers and staff of the army; line infantry; light infantry and rifles; heavy and light cavalry; artillery and engineers; cadets and veterans; and foreign regiments. Each plate is accompanied by an incisive text by the leading expert on Wellingtons troops Philip J. Haythornthwaite which discusses the unit in question and the origins and peculiarities of its attire. Wellingtons Army also includes an extensive introduction analysing the evolution of the British Army of the period, the colourful life of the artist, and the responses of many eminent officers, including Wellington, to the changes illustrated in Hamilton Smiths work.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the tail of the spine with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. Bibliography. 14″ x 10″.