HISTORY OF THE WAR IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM, IN 1815, by Capt. William Siborne - 1845 [1st American ed., Maps]


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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.

by Captain William Siborne 

First American edition.  Philadelphia:  Lea & Blanchard, 1845  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Contemporary black covers have blind tooling borders. 
  • Boards show some smudges, stains, edgewear.  Corners are bumped, frayed, with exposed board.
  • Spine has gilt text and is sunned, with crushed, chipped ends.  See photos.
  • Binding is secure.  
  • Pastedowns and feps have notable foxing.  See photos. 
  • Foldout maps are tanned, very readable, all present.  See photos.
  • Interior exhibits scattered moderate foxing.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.  See photos.
  • Publisher's advertisements at rear of book.
  • Text block edges are foxed.   
  • PS2023.1206

642 pages. 5.75 x 9.25 inches

The first history of the British military campaign culminating in the Battle of Waterloo to be based on eye witness accounts.  Captain William Siborne (1797-1849) was the constructor of the "Waterloo Model," a project which occupied him from 1830-1838.  In preparation for this undertaking, Siborne solicited information from living veterans of the campaign.  The contributions of these eye witnesses provided information for both the three-dimensional field model and the narrative accounts presented in this volume. 

Siborne's History of the War in France was an instant hit in England, the first edition selling out immediately.  The second London edition was the basis for this, the first American edition.

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