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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 8:18 a.m. PST

New release from Alan Perry and Charles Esdaille, with a great story behind it.

Let me reproduce what they have sent out;

"Godoy's Army: Spanish Regiments and Uniforms from the Estado Militar of 1800. Now available!
It's amazing what you find antique hunting. Alan and Michael were closely inspecting a seventeenth-century gauntlet one day at a local militaria shop, when from the same cabinet, a marbled covered book which had completely passed them by was retrieved by Alan's wife, Jill (she's very good at spotting rare books). When she opened the book, we were all blown away!

The first thing that struck us was the vibrant colours which seemed as bright today as they must have done 200 years ago. Then, looking closely, we found there were quite a few completely hand-rendered plates alongside the hand-painted printed plates, this was incredible! The gauntlet was put back in the cabinet and the book was promptly bought. Alan then emailed René Chartand photos of all the plates. René confirmed it was a rare book indeed, maybe only one of three existing in the world of the same title from this period. Sometime later, Tim Adcock, a mutual friend of ours and Andrew Bamford of Helion & Co., suggested it might be a worthy subject to print. Andrew asked the leading expert in Britain on the Spanish army of the period, Charles Esdaile, to write the text to go with the images and the rest is … well, history!

Based on an extremely rare (albeit slightly incomplete) illustrated version of the Spanish Army's order of battle as it existed in the year 1800, this work cannot but form a most unusual addition to the collection of anyone interested in military uniforms (or, more specifically, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era). Almost every regiment of the Spanish Army is represented – including such extraordinary units as the Royal Corps of Cosmographic Engineers – while the beautiful full-page, hand-coloured engravings of the originals have been supplemented by a transcript of the details (in brief, the senior officers and the uniforms) given in the published edition of the army's order of battle, to which the album reproduced in the pages of this work was intended to complement. Also included is a substantial introduction to the Spanish Army in the period immediately preceding the Peninsular War – written by the leading expert on the subject – that will be of great interest to any student of that conflict; the soldiers seen in the book are, after all, pretty much the same as the soldiers who suddenly found themselves fighting Napoleon in 1808.

115 pages; colour throughout.
£25.00 GBP"


King Monkey16 Oct 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

I'm having to wait until christmas before I can read it.

Duc de Brouilly16 Oct 2017 9:39 a.m. PST

I'm waiting for their Spanish figures.

keithbarker16 Oct 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

You've gotta love the Spanish Army!!!

Kelly Armstrong Inactive Member16 Oct 2017 11:40 a.m. PST


langobard Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 6:47 p.m. PST

Ordered! Thanks for the heads up!

Gazzola17 Oct 2017 7:40 a.m. PST

Looks good and it is certainly on my list to get, once my unread mountain is reduced.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 10:13 p.m. PST

And my copy is already on the way from Perry's, so their service remains outstanding.

Gazzola18 Oct 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

I know Perry's charge postage for their miniatures but for those interested, the same book is being offered via Amazon, at the same price, post free. It might just leave some spare cash for more miniatures?

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