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Providence, Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection - A. Brown University Library
Burton upon Trent, Wormsley Library

Waterloo 1815 Facsimile Edition

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The writings

A unique collection of the most powerful and moving writing from all sides of the battle including reports, eye-witness accounts and letters.

They are combined with a wealth of sketches, illustrations, prints and maps.

The commemorative anthology is based around three of the great Waterloo texts, one British, one Prussian and one French. Each offers a very different perspective on the battle and, intercut, they combine to give the reader a fascinating overview of the campaign. Interspersed throughout the text are the letters, reports and recollections from men of both sides and all nationalities, some famous, many obscure, but all writing with the visceral voice of a frontline participant. 

These are the forgotten voices of Waterloo, reminding us of the astonishing events of the 16th, 17th and 18th June 1815. The result is an extraordinarily vivid depiction of the battle through the eyes of the men who were there. It is their voices that we seek to remember and their experiences that we seek to preserve for generations to come. 

The final notes and letters written immediately before and after the battle by the Duke himself are coming from the collection of his papers at Southampton University. As well as numerous letters and accounts from men of all sides and all ranks we have also replicated the battle numbers as recorded by the Duke himself and his first draft of the Waterloo Dispatch in its entirety.

The illustrations 

Interspersed throughout the book there are over 200 prints, maps and diagrams, culled from sources across Europe and the United States.

The pictues include original hand-coloured material from publishers proofs by kind permission of the Getty family library at Wormsley. 

In addition there are a series of 34 etchings, originally published by John Booth.

There is also a remarkable selection of sketches and Napoleonic satires from the Anne S. K. Brown Library. 

There are also Siborne's letters and papers in the British Library for sketches and diagrams from his correspondents. The famous panorama of the battlefield published by John Booth will be tipped into the book as will the campaign maps and plans of the battle from both Jones and Mudford’s original texts.

The maps

There are 8 of Siborne’s famous anaglyptograph maps, produced with Bate’s patented engraving. This technique brings the contours of each map into relief when it is correctly aligned to a light source, with stunning results. Siborne’s maps include two maps for each battle at different periods:

Quatre Bras - at 3pm and 9pm

Ligny - at 2.30pm and 8.30pm

Waterloo - at 11.30am and 8.30pm

Wavre at 4pm on the 18th and at 4pm on the 19th

We have 2 facsimiles of the manuscript "Waterloo 1815":

#1 Waterloo 1815 - The Exemplary Edition

London: Extraordinary Editions

  • Commentary (English)
  • Limited Edition: 200 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

The Exemplary Edition will consist of the same book block and end papers, however all three sides will be gilded. In addition the book will be fully bound, by hand, in a specially selected chocolate calf, with raised bands and gold lettering to the spine and featuring the cover design embroidered in coloured thread with gold and silver details.

In addition the map portfolio will be hand crafted in a full leather binding of matching calf with raised bands on the spine, blocked in gold with the design of the Waterloo medal and lined with scarlet silk.

The Exemplary will also feature two additional maps, including a full facsimile of the Duke of Wellington’s own map, which he is believed to have used during the campaign and a full sized copy of Du Craan’s incredibly detailed map, which he created for the King.

Binding

The Exemplary Edition and the leather map portfolio will be presented together in a hand crafted, wooden writing slope, designed to replicate the traditional travelling desk, that an officer would have taken on the campaign. The box will be especially lined to snugly protect the book and portfolio, with the writing slope designed to function as a lectern for displaying the book.

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#2 Waterloo 1815 - The Commemorative Edition

London: Extraordinary Editions

  • Commentary (English)
  • Limited Edition: 1615 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Binding

Each commemorative volume is quarter leather bound, by hand, in a high quality, chocolate calf, with gold bands and lettering to the spine, and with the covers of scarlet bookbinders silk blocked in a design featuring the British and Prussian flags rampant, with the Tricolour fallen. Each volume also have three ribbons in blue and red, matching that of the Waterloo medal.

Specially made end papers will feature scenes from Maclise’s, rarely seen, cartoons. These, his beautiful pencil preparations for his great panel in the House of Commons, are reproduced by kind permission of the National Gallery.

Each book will be presented complete with a portfolio of maps. The portfolio will also be quarter bound in chocolate calf with matching gilt bands with the covers in scarlet silk, to best match the book. The portfolio will contain eight maps secured in archival pockets crafted in a dark brown card.

The portfolio and book are housed in a chocolate brown kashgar covered slipcase embossed with the image of the Waterloo Medal.

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