The Dispatches Of Field Marshal The Duke Of Wellington During His Various Campaigns In India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, The Low Countries And France From 1799 To 1818
Volumes 1 to 12 plus Index
by Arthur Wellesley the Duke of Wellington
Compiled From Official And Authentic Documents By Lieut. Colonel Gurwood
(John Murray, Albemarle Street, London - Printed by William Clowes, 1837 to 1839)
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A complete matching set of Wellington's dispatches as compiled by his private secretary Lieut. Colonel John Gurwood [1790-1845].
Fully rebound in contemporary calf with five raised bands ("1837" stamped in gilt at the base of each spine). Published in twelve volumes plus a separate Index volume - Volumes 1 to 4 dated 1837 with Volumes 5 to 12 dated 1838 - the Index volume is dated 1839 and has been bound in at the rear of Volume 12.
Comprises a summary of Wellington's military career / commands and an "Explanation of Indian Terms, Titles and Countries which occur in this Work" followed by his dispatches (plus other relevant communications) interspersed with occasional additional background notes starting with Mysore / Seringapatam and progressing through to Paris in November 1818.
The Index is split into three parts relating to India (Vols 1-3), the Peninsula (Vols 4 to 11) and "The Low Countries, Waterloo and Paris" (Volume 12).
Hardback, 8vo, approx 8.75 x 5.5 inches / 22 x 13 cm, each volume individually paginated plus 235 page index. Volumes 1 to 9 are identified on the Title Page as beng a "New Edition", Volumes 10 to 12 and the Index volume make no such statement.
Book Conditions - Externally - Good, Internally - Very Good:
Mostly moderate general wear / soiling to the calf boards and spines with small amounts of underlying boards visible at corner tips but areas of significant wear / scratching to some boards (additional photographs available on request), spine labels present on all volumes.
Securely bound with boards firmly attached and text blocks sound (cords visible at endpaper hinges, some ffeps loose at their bottom half - most notably in Volumes 4, 8 & 10), no inscriptions but light to moderate evidence of a carefully removed bookplate on each front pastedown with associated bookplate offsetting to the ffep, light to moderate browning and occasional small blemishes to text block edges, rebinding glue marking to the plain endpapers with some pastedown creasing.
Printed on slightly varying quality paper with intermittent light to moderate browning, very occasional paper edge wear / short closed tears, occasional mostly light to moderate print offsetting (very occasionally significant - most notably in the later volumes), very occasional light internal blemishes / finger smudges and occasional light to moderate foxing adjoining the prelims or rear endpapers but overall internally Very Good with all volumes in a very clean and clear condition.
A heavy set of books - total weight with packaging a little over 13Kg.
The Dispatches Of Field Marshal The Duke Of Wellington During His Various Campaigns In India, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, The Low Countries And France From 1799 To 1818 - Compiled From Official And Authentic Documents By Lieut. Colonel Gurwood (John Murray, Albemarle Street, London, 1837 to 1839)
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