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Publisher: Scott's Field Of Waterloo, Edinburgh, Constable &c 1815 : Heber's Europe, London, Hatchard 1809 : Gentleman's Magazine, London, John Nichols 1822.:
Seller ID: 9288
Condition: 3 Titles, all First Editions, in 1 Volume. First Edition Scott, pp54 but bound without half-title : First Edition Heber, ppviii + 32 but bound without half-title : First Edition Gentleman's Magazine, frontispiece + 3 plates + pp192. Bound together in contemporary half calf, spine elegantly gilt and titled Poems &c, slight wear or rubbing to extremeties of binding, a little dried along hinges and head of upper joint cracking along 1 inch at the top section, else a very good mellow copy.
Scott was fascinated by Napoleon and later wrote a 7-volume biography of him. This famous poem resulted from Scott's trip to the site of Waterloo - in fact his very first trip abroad - a mere six weeks after the battle. The proceeds of the poem went to support the dependents of those who had been slaughtered there. 'Like many of his generation, he saw the Emperor's defeat by Wellington as the decisive moment of history. At Waterloo, Scott found the ground still torn with shot and shell and rutted with the wheels of the ordinance. He was able to buy two cuirasses for his armoury at Abbotsford. ... View more info