Army List for 1796, large paper copy in full crimson morocco gilt


A List of the Officers of the Army and Marines, with an Index; a Succession of Colonels; and a List of the Officers of the Army and Marines on Half Pay. Also with an Index. 1796. Large Paper Copy. War Office, London, 11th March 1796. Hard Bound. 1st Edition. Large paper copy [12½  x 9ins]. .

603pp. Contemporary full straight grain crimson morocco gilt with green title label gilt ARMY LIST 1796, original boldly marbled endpapers, all edges gilt, spine darkened and rubbed along joints but the boards with elaborate rolls including Greek key pattern with just a little rubbing along the edges and minor loss at the corners but still bright, hinges very sound and the text block tight, armorial bookplate Leonard Morse, F.R.S. & S.A. to the front endpaper, the front free endpaper has a manuscript presentation Presented to the Library by Sir A Halliday, Depy Insp Genl of Hospitals, 31st July 1833 together with an ink stamp of the Royal Army Medical College, the title page has the same stamp to the top margin with two stamps of Fort Pitt Medical Library [a short lived Fort near Chatham circa 1805-20] .This style of fine binding in crimson leather with elaborate gilt tooling is typical of the style used in George III’s library and those of the royal dukes. One of a run of these lists which we also have in stock at the moment in identical bindings to this one belonged to William, Duke of Clarence, later to be William IV. In this year the numbered line regiments reached 100 [two years earlier it was only 80]. We show a couple of examples, the 33rd [1st Yorkshire West Riding, later the Duke of Wellington’s] where at this time Marquess Cornwallis was Colonel and the Hon Arthur Wellesley Lieut. Colonel, and the 42nd Highlanders, the Royal Highland Regiment whose Colonel was Hector Munro and Lieut. Colonel Charles Graham, the latter holding the rank of Major General in the Army. In both regiments the number of officers had increased greatly, especially in the 42nd [later the Black Watch], where there were eight Campbells listed.  Also shown is the 3rd or Scots Guards whose Colonel was the Duke of Argyll and Lieutenant Colonel Cavendish Lister,  the 1st & 2nd Guards’ Colonels being the Dukes of Gloucester and of York. This 44th year of the Army List shows a number of additional units, such as a Regt. of Foot in Corfu, York Hussars, York Fuzileers, York Rangers,      aug15/1

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