An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands in 1815, under his Grace the Duke of Wellington, and Marshal Prince Blucher comprising the Battles of Ligny, Quatre Bras, and Waterloo; and a detailed narrative of the political events connected with those memorable conflicts, down to the surrender of Paris, and the departure of Bonaparte for St Helena
London: Henry Colburn, 1817. First Edition. A beautiful copy of this account of the battle of Waterloo etc. Complete with a total of 30 engraved maps and hand coloured aquatint plates - including two folding maps, the hand coloured Frontis / decorative title page, the portraits of the General Officers and the fabulous double plate of the Battle of Waterloo. (All three of these by George Cruikshank). The 28 plates are all beautifully hand coloured and in very good condition, with just a touch of darkening. The plan of the Battles is printed in green, and with red and blue hand coloured troop positions. The is a little creasing to the edges and a closed tear, repaired with archival film to the inside edge. The route between Brussels and Paris is engraved in black and white and in excellent condition. Full leather contemporary binding, with gilt decoration to the spine. The spine binding shows some sign of restoration, and one of the raised bands has half chipped away, leaving a loss of leather. This is the only significant flaw to the work. Some sunning / fading to portions of the leather boards. Gilt decoration to the board edges. Internally, there are marbled boards and further gilt edge decoration. To the inside front board is the engraved armorial bookplate of Richard Cyril Lockett. Lockett was an eminent collector of coins, and accumulated one of the finest numismatic collections in Great Britain, as well as being the author of several works on the subject. Some penciled notes (from previous sellers) to the somewhat darkened end papers. The hand coloured aquatints include: "The city of Brussels, from the entrance of the Forêt de Sogne, with the Barrier"; "Entrance to the Forêt de Soigne, where the two roads from Brussels meet"; "Chapel of Waterloo"; "Headquarters of the Duke of Wellington, in the village of Waterloo"; "Skirt of the Forêt de Soigne, with a distant view of the village of Mont St. Jean"; "Part of the village of Mont St. Jean"; "View of the cottage of Valette"; "Chateau of Frischermont"; "The farm of La Haye Sainte"; "La Belle Alliance, the centre of the French position"; "The village of Genappe"; "Ligny Castle"; "The Battle of Waterloo." Tooley 336. Abbey, Life 372. Cohn, Cruikshank, 580. xviii, [ii], 368pp. + maps and plates. 320 by 270mm (12½ by 10¾ inches).