8vo, pp. 287, with a frontispiece; some occasional pale foxing, ownership inscription erased from half-title; original red cloth; slightly rubbed, split in cloth along lower joint, spine sunned and slightly frayed at head, without the dust-jacket; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).
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The letters of Private Wheeler 1809–1828.
First edition. William Wheeler was a private soldier who had transferred into the army (51st Foot) from the Surrey Militia in April 1809. His letters ‘start with the Walcheren expedition, cover the main part of the Peninsular War, and then give his impressions of the Waterloo campaign. I know of no contemporary story by a fighting soldier that equals this in atmosphere and interest’ (foreword).
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