The Naval and Military Exploits which have distinguished the reign of George the Third. Accurately Described, and Methodically Arranged
London: printed for Samuel Leigh, 1820. 12mo. (5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches). [viii], 784 pp. Hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece, 35 hand-coloured aquatint medallion plates.
Later red morocco gilt by Morell, spine gilt with raised bands, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
First edition of a scarce English colour plate book, complete with the two extra plates.
This work chronicles and describes in detail the military conflicts that George III (1738-1820), King of Great Britain and eventually the United Kingdom, was involved in from his accession to the throne in 1760 to the storming of Algiers [Algeria] in 1816. It includes the Seven Years' War, French Revolution, American Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, present-day India and more. His life and reign as king were marked by this long series of military conflicts in his kingdom, in Europe, and in continents beyond. "The illustrations are all circular, about 2 1/2 inches in diameter,and most delicately engraved" (Tooley). Contains the two extra plates, "Vittoria" and "Pampeluna," often absent; they are not mentioned in Abbey, and Tooley considered the work complete without them.
Abbey Life 350; Prideaux pp. 14, 326; Tooley 70.