1815 Army List with a Royal provenance and bound in contemporary red morocco gilt

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A List of all the Officers of the Army and Royal Marines on Full and Half-pay: with an Index. War Office, 13th March, 1815. 8vo.

709pp + unpaginated 126pp Index, 24pp Succession of Colonels, 8pp Casualties, 8pp Alterations while Printing, 1p Errata. Contemporary full straight grain crimson morocco gilt with black title label gilt ARMY LIST 1815, plain brown endpapers, all edges gilt, small bookplate to front pastedown with arms of Princess Victoria, Princess Royal, eldest daughter of Queen Victoria when she was married to the Emperor Frederick of Germany. An excellent, handsome copy in a fine binding, spine rather faded and with a central vertical crack, board leather clean with gilding still bright but a small scratch top right on upper board, text block clean and little used, The text does not have any annotation and there are no previous ownership markings. A particularly desirable and useful copy showing the composition of the Army just months before the Battle of Waterloo.  This type of fine crimson binding with gilt decoration was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries with senior military men, popularised by the libraries of George III and the Royal Dukes. nov21/1    SOLD 4th January 2023

This volume shows the officers of the King’s Army and the Royal Marines just months before the Duke of Wellington’s victory at Waterloo. Trafalgar. Officers who had been  awarded the gold cross or gold medal for their service in the Napoleonic Wars are identified by devices against their names.

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