MAXWELL'S THE LIFE OF WELLINGTON, IN HANDSOME PRIZE BINDING
(WELLINGTON) MAXWELL, W.H. The Life of Wellington. London: Bickers & Son, 1890. Octavo, contemporary full brown tree calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, black morocco spine label, marbled endpapers and edges.
"New Edition," revised, condensed, and completed, of Maxwell's classic biography of the Duke of Wellington, with 12 engraved plates, numerous wood-engravings, and a double-page plan of the Battle of Waterloo with hand-colored details, in handsome full tree calf-gilt prize binding.
First published in 1839, this detailed account of the grueling war in Spain and the final defeat of Napoleon is a standard source of military history. Maxwell, who served under Wellington during the Peninsular campaigns and was present at Waterloo, imparts to this narrative a firsthand view together with an eye for the strategic significance of the battles. "Has no rival among similar publications of the day" (Allibone II, 1251). This copy is bound in a full tree-calf-gilt binding with a gilt crest from the Rugby school, a day and boarding school in Rugby, UK. It also bears a prize bookplate, dated 1896, to "S.A. Innes" for work in the humanities.
Only light scattered foxing to interior, binding lovely, gilt bright. A near-fine copy.