London: George Newnes, Limited, . Item #04998
Tales of a Napoleonic Soldier
DOYLE, A[rthur] Conan. Adventures of Gerard. London: George Newnes, [n.d., 1903].
First English edition. Octavo (7 5/16 x 4 7/8 inches; 166 x 124 mm.). . vii, , 374 pp. Sixteen tipped-in plates by William Barnes Wollen.
Publisher's dark blue cloth decoratively stamped (with a fleur-de-lis design) and lettered in gilt on front cover and spine, white endpapers. Some light foxing, mostly to edges. Minimal marginal foxing, neat early ink signature on front flyleaf, minimal rubbing to extremities. Otherwise a near fine and bright copy.
10,000 copies were published on 22nd September 1903 priced 6/-.
Eight additional tales of Etienne Gerard, a cavalry officer in Napoleon’s army, a sequel to The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard (1896). “The author was very fond of these stories, which he found easy to write. He felt that they were accurate as a portrayal of the French soldiers of the period even down to the smallest details of the costumes and of the historical background” (Green and Gibson, p. 93, note to The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard).
Green and Gibson A27a; Wolff 1897.