An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, in 1815 …
An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, in 1815 …
An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, in 1815 …

MUDFORD, William. An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, in 1815, under His Grace the Duke of Wellington, and Marshal Prince Blucher, Comprising the ….

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MUDFORD, William. 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; with 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 ... Illustrated by Numerous Public and Private Official Documents, and Other Papers, Hitherto Unpublished ... Embellished with a Series of Plates, Descriptive of the Country between Brussels and Charleroi from Drawings Made on the Spot by James Rouse ... Also a Plan of the Battles, and a Map, Shewing the March of the Allied Armies to Paris. London, W. Flint for Henry Colburn, '1817' [but some plates watermarked '1818'].

Large 4to. Contemporary full calf, elaborately ornamented in gilt; marbled endpapers; pp. [iii]-xviii, [2 (plate list, errata and directions to the binder)], 368; bound without half-title, hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece by James Rouse after George Cruikshank, hand-coloured aquatint additional title by Rouse after Cruikshank, 26 hand-coloured aquatint plates (one double-page), all by J. Rouse and Cruikshank after Cruikshank and C.C. Hamilton, one folding map by and after Sidney Hall, and one folding map printed in green and dark brown, and finished by hand in colours; rebacked, retaining the original spine, one map with repaired tear, otherwise a very good copy in a handsome Regency binding; 19th-century armorial engraved bookplate John Herbert Secker inside front cover.
First edition. An account of the campaign and Waterloo by the author and journalist Mudford (1782-1848). Following an early but brief career in politics, Mudford moved to journalism, becoming assistant editor at The Courier (a tory evening paper), and then its editor in 1817. To supplement his income, Mudford also wrote a number of novels, and historical and biographical works, including An Historical Account of the Campaign in the Netherlands, which is notable for its fine, hand-coloured aquatint plates by Cruikshank. In his introduction, Mudford explains that, 'The escape of Bonaparte from the island of Elba, his invasion of France, his temporary success, and his final overthrow, comprised, as they were, within a few short months, appeared like an episode in the great narrative of European politics, which containing in itself a beginning, a middle, and an end, was susceptible of a distinct relation. Instead, therefore, of simply confining myself to one incidental transaction, growing out of that complete event, which, however perfect in itself, must still be imperfect relatively to the whole, I thought it better to aim at a more comprehensive object. With this view, I have endeavoured to trace its origin and progress of an enterprize, as unexampled in its primitive conception and subsequent execution, as in its ultimate discomfiture. By this deviation from the original design, the Battle of Waterloo has become only a part of that undertaking, of which it was at first intended to be the exclusive topic' (pp. ix-x). - Without the sometimes present View of the City of Brussels 'not mentioned in the 'Description of Plates' and no reference is given to this by Toovey in his collation' (Abbey).
Abbey, Life 372; Brunet III, col. 1937; Cohn 580; Tooley 272.

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