London: Printed for Rodwell and Martin, 1819. Item #04682
Twelve Hand-Colored Aquatint Plates Depicting the Victories of the Duke of Wellington
WESTALL, R[ichard]. Victories of the Duke of Wellington, from Drawings by R. Westall, R.A. London: Printed for Rodwell and Martin, 1819.
First edition. Large quarto (12 1/8 x 9 3/4 inches; 308 x 248 mm.). iv, 47, [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Wood-engraved title vignette. Twelve hand-colored aquatint plates, including frontispiece by Theodore Henry Fielding and Charles Heath after Richard Westall. Frontispiece with original tissue guard. Plates watermarked 1819.
Late nineteenth century half green roan over green cloth boards. Smooth spine ruled and lettered in gilt, some rubbing to spine extremities. Title-page with small (5/8 inch) neatly repaired marginal tear. A few professionally repaired small marginal tears to some text leaves, some light marginal dust soiling to a few plate borders. An excellent and large copy with the fore and lower edges uncut.
"The engravings ... are accompanied by a short account of the actions which they represent, compiled and copied from the most authentic information" (Preface).
Wellington's campaign, beginning in 1808 and ending decisively at Waterloo in 1815, is superbly captured and chronicled by the twelve aquatints, with summary text serving as detailed captions for each battle.
Richard Westall is mostly remembered for his numerous finely engraved vignettes for editions of Pope, Dryden, Crabbe and The Arabian Nights. This work depicts the battles of Wellington's victories over the French army from Lisbon to Waterloo.
Abbey, Life, 381. Prideaux, pp. 224 and 355. Tooley 502.