The Illustrated Captain Coignet: A Soldier of Napoleon's Imperial Guard from the Italian Campaign to Russia and Waterloo (Paperback)

The Illustrated Captain Coignet: A Soldier of Napoleon's Imperial Guard from the Italian Campaign to Russia and Waterloo By Jean-Roch Coignet, Julien Le Blant (Illustrator) Cover Image
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A superb edition of a famous French Napoleonic military memoir

Captain Coignet's highly regarded recollections of his experiences as a grenadier of Napoleon's Imperial Guard campaigning on the battlefields of Europe are familiar to almost all students of the Napoleonic Wars. In fact, among the comparatively few first-hand accounts of French soldiers of this period which have been translated into English, Coignet's nine 'notebooks' are probably the best known, and several editions of his book exist in print including those which have been substantially edited thus omitting significant portions of the original text. What makes this Leonaur edition outstanding is that it is fully illustrated with 103 fine drawings by the renowned French military illustrator, Julien Le Blant. The beautiful Le Blant illustrations have been enlarged for the first time so that each occupies a single page to enable modern readers to appreciate the fine draughtsmanship and historical accuracy of the artist's work. A photograph of Coignet in old age is also included. This special Leonaur edition benefits from the inclusion of an introduction by Sir John Fortescue, who was one of the leading British military historians of his day, and an introduction by Loredan Larchey from an early edition of of Coignet's work, making this edition, we believe, one of the most attractive and comprehensive editions of this wonderful book ever produced. This illustrated volume will have special appeal for military modellers and aficionados of military illustration, making this Leonaur Edition a fine gift.

Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781782826651
ISBN-10: 1782826653
Publisher: Leonaur Ltd
Publication Date: September 6th, 2017
Pages: 428
Language: English