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NAPOLEON'S SOLDIERS

by Guy C. Dempsey, Jr.

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The grande Armée of 1807 as Depicted in the Paintings of the Otto Manuscript

NAPOLEON'S SOLDIERS

First published 1994
by Arms & Armour Press, London

Book's condition and details:

A black cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine in excellent condition only marred by a suggestion of shelf wear to the bottom spine edge. Page block is tight and all pages immaculate - no inscriptions or marks. Condition is at least VERY GOOD PLUS
Wrapper unclipped (its unpriced so there has been no excuse to clip!) as also in at least VERY GOOD PLUS condition.

ISBN: 1 85409 242 1

256 pages. 200 mm. x 250 mmm. x 27 mm.

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£16.45

Weight wrapped <1250 grms.

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The paintings in ‘Napoleon’s Soldiers - The Grande Armée of 1807 as Depicted in the Paintings of the Otto Manuscript’ by Guy C. Dempsey represent one of the premier original sources available today for the study of Napoleonic military uniforms. Guy Dempsey offers a critical assessment of the Otto Manuscript, thereby confirming its strength as a primary source of research information for historians and anyone interested in the military aspects of the period.


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JACKET FLAP BLURB

The paintings in this handsome book represent one of the premier original sources available today for the study of Napoleonic military uniforms.

Taken from the Otto Manuscript, these watercolours afford a unique window on history that brings Napoleonic soldiers and uniforms into view in a way almost unprecedented for a pre-photographic era. Rather than stylised prints or lifeless salon artwork created long after the fact, these are the precise, vibrant record of an amateur artist’s first-hand observations, imbued with a spectacular intimacy as a result of the artist’s talent for faithfully reproducing even small details of dress and equipment.

Astonishingly, these priceless images have been virtually inaccessible to the public from the moment the paint dried. After first coming to modern notice when they were acquired earlier this century by Albert Depreaux, a French historian, they were copied during the Second World War, before the originals were sold to Anne S. K. Brown. They now reside in the collection that bears her name, at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Never before produced in book form, the entire set of 98 gouache illustrations now forms the centrepiece of this illustrated commentary of the Otto Manuscript (so-called because it is said to have once been the property of a certain Major Otto of Baden.) Guy Dempsey offers a critical assessment of the manuscript, thereby confirming its strength as a primary source of research information, before discussing each painting and comparing the information it provides with data available from other sources.

With a superb Introduction, charting the development of the French Army in the Revolutionary period, and detailed appendices, this is the best single-volume study of the Napoleonic army at war and a vital reference work on the troops that conquered Europe.

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