"TWENTY-SIX OF THE MOST COLORFUL AND DRAMATIC MILITARY CAREERS IN MODERN MILITARY HISTORY"
(NAPOLEON) CHANDLER, David G., Editor. Napoleon's Marshals. New York: Macmillan, (1987). Large octavo, modern three-quarter olive morocco gilt, spine decorated with gilt Napoleonic emblems, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers.
First edition of this survey of 26 of Napoleon's most important Marshals, edited by David Chandler with contributions from a number of experts in the field, illustrated with portraits and maps of key battles, handsomely bound.
"As it had been decided to approach each marshal as a separate individual… and to invite 26 authors to contribute a chapter apiece, it was necessary to lay down certain guidelines… Each contributor was asked to divide his or her chapter into four sections, the last to be a discussion of an engagement or operation of war of particular importance—whether for better or for worse—in the career of the particular man" (xxxi). Editor David G. Chandler's comprehensive Campaigns of Napoleon (1966) remains very highly regarded; he attained the rank of captain in the British army, and went on to teach at Sandhurst. He contributed the chapter on Davout, "The Iron Marshal."