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ORME, Edward. [ed]
Historic Military and Naval Anecdotes, of Personal Valour, Bravery, and Particular Incidents which Occured to the Armies of Great Britian and her Allies, in the Long Contested War, Terminating in the Battle of Waterloo.

The work includes views of many of the Duke of Wellington's triumphs, the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon's Russian campaign, and the Battle of Trafalgar. It is one of those part works originally issued to subscribers with hand-colored plates. In his address to the reader, Orme describes his patriotic aim as being "to see recorded and embellished by the Fine Arts, those particular exploits of personal valour -- together with their attendant dangers, difficulties, and privations, the surmounting of which has shed a lustre upon the British Name, unexampled in the history of former ages."

London: Edward Orme Publisher to the King and Prince Regent, N.D. [c. 1834]
Tooley 352; Bobins II 375; Abbey Life 376.
London: Edward Orme Publisher to the King and Prince Regent, N.D. [c. 1834]

Folio (355 x 280 mm). Contemporary half red straight-grained morocco on red textured boards; title gilt to spine; spine gilt in compartments; a.e.g. 40 hand-coloured aquatint plates. Internally some slight browning, mainly to the guards otherwise, very good a wide-margined copy with bright plates a little light rubbing at the extremities. The second edition watermark on plates reads J. Whatman 1834. The plates after Manskirch Heath Atkinson and Others the majority engraved by Dubourg and Clark. Bookplate of the Stoke Rochford Hall library of Sir Christopher Turner to the front pastedown. The Jacobean-style house was built for Turner on his Lincolnshire estate by William Burn between 1841-3. It still stands and is used today as a conference centre and a banqueting facility. Coloured plates in order: 1. Bivouac in the Pyrenees, The night before the Battle. 2. British Sailors boarding a Man of War. 3. A British Soldier taking two French Officers at the Battle of the Pyrenees. 4. Marshall Beresford engaged with the Polish Lancer at the Battle of Albuera, 1811. 5. The Battle of Waterloo was decided by the Duke of Wellington, heading a charge upon the French Imperial Guards, on June 18th, 1815. 6. The Marquis of Anglesea Wounded while heading a charge of heavy Cavalry at the loss of the Battle of Waterloo. June 18th, 1815. 7. Prince Blucher under his Horse at the Battle of Waterloo, at the time the French Cavalry were making the charge over him. 8. The Prince of Orange at the Battle of Waterloo, distributing, at the moment, to the brave Troops the Orders he then wire. 9. The Boasted Crossing of the Niemen, at the Campaign's opening in 1812 by N. Bonaparte. 10. Napoleon's Flight across the Rhine, near the City of Mentz, pursued by the Allies, 1812. 11. Russian Loyalty and Heroism. Anecdote of the Russian Peasant of Smolensk, who is forced by the French, cooly chopped off his hand rather than serve Bonaparte on his March towards Moscow. 12. Anecdote of the Bravery of the Scotch Piper of the 11th Highland Regiment, at the Battle of Vimeira. 13. Sailors at Prayers on board Lord Nelson's ship after the Battle of the Nile. 14. The Grand Te Deum on the Field of Battle near Toplitz attended by Allied Sovereigns &Tros; 1813. 15. French Troops retreating through and plundering a village. 16. The Tyrolese Patriots, Men & Women storming the fortress of Kufstein with their Wooden Guns. 17. The Allied Army crossing the Rhine to invade France, 1813. 18. Wellington & Blucher meeting by accident at the close of the Battle of Waterloo. 19. French Cuirassiers in the Battle of Waterloo, charged & defeated by the Highlanders & Scotch Greys. 20. Boarding and taking the American Ship Chesapeake by the Officers & Crew of H.M. Ship Shannon, Commanded by Capt Broke, June 1813. 21. An accurate Picture of a Field of Battle. 22. Two French Officers taken, by a Sergeant of the 18th Hussars, at the Battle of Albuera. 23. Death of Major General Sir William Ponsonby. 24. Death of Sir Thomas Picton. 25. Review of the British Troops at Montmartre, near Paris by the Duke of Wellington, October 21st 1815. 26. Encampment of the British Army in tje Bois de Boulogne, 1815. 27. Anecdote at the Nattle of Trafalgar. 28. The Death of the Duke of Brunswick, June 15th, 1815. 29. The Cockpit, Battle of the Nile. 30. The French Conscripts. 31. The Horse Guards at the Battle of Waterloo. One of the officers, having Killed a French Colonel, cuts off his Epaulette in triumph. 32. Head Quarters Waterloo, 1815. 33. Taking a French Eagle at Barossa. 34. The Buffs at the Battle of Albuera. 35. Capture of General Paget, 1812. 36. Landing Troops. 37. The Duke of Wellington & his Staff crossing the Bidossoa & entering France, 1813. 38. Entrance of the Allies into Paris. 39. The Allies before Damtzic in Winter. 40. A Corporal of the 13th Dragoons Killing a French Colonel.