The Napoleonic Source Book by Philip J. Haythornthwaite

The Napoleonic Source Book by Philip J. Haythornthwaite soon to be presented for sale on the wonderful BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Arms & Armour Press, 1993, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables; Black & white plates; Diagrams; Maps; Tables; List of sources; Portrait to the frontispiece; Glossary; Cutaways; Photographic end papers & blanks;

From the cover: There have been many thousands of books on the Napoleonic period, and yet the subject continues to fascinate people the world over; indeed, the interest actually grows year by year. The Napoleonic Source Book has been devised so as to offer the reader information that is not readily available yet is indispensable if one is to acquire a full appreciation of one of the most momentous periods in history.

Philip J. Haythornthwaite, a respected writer and collector who has written many military books, has researched hundreds of original documents and contemporary sources over many years in order to collate this masterful contribution. His detailed, yet concise historical section traces and explains the developments and campaigns of the period from its roots in the French Revolution to the Hundred Days and the final defeat of Napoleon. He offers a comprehensive list of all the battles of these tumultuous decades, on land and at sea, together with details of the numerous treaties and conventions. He details in easily digested form the weaponry employed together with the art of war and the minor tactics understood by all officers, on land and at sea. He looks at the medical services; he relates the organization, composition and often the uniform details from more than fifty countries which fought, including the United States.

The author has selected some forty of the leading military and naval figures and has provided a biography of each based on contemporaneous accounts that reveal interesting and significant details about their characters and abilities. This book provides comprehensive bibliographies and references to documents, magazines and organizations; it relates a break-down of the costs of the periods wars; of the measurements then being used, and the calendars, artillery tables and much more. In short the book offers, as its title suggests, an entire range of facts. There are 100 marvellous anecdotes sprinkled throughout; a detailed glossary of some 700 entries; an assessment of artists and authors; and a superb map section to assist the reader with his understanding of events.

Together with its marvellously diverse illustrations, from obscure awards to classic battle-scenes, The Napoleonic Source Book provides both a readable dip-into book and a comprehensive source of reference. It will become a treasured volume on the shelf of any Napoleonic enthusiast.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 414 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 7¾”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I entrance you with a variety of books within my Military History catalogue?

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