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Nine pound round23 Nov 2017 7:50 a.m. PST

Was just wondering- the Scott Bowden translation of "Napoleon's Apogee" contains some wonderful tactical diagrams of Jena and Auerstadt signed simply "Limner." Does anyone know anything more about these? Are there more available in other sources, for different battles?

Prince of Essling23 Nov 2017 11:48 a.m. PST

Presumably you mean the maps which were taken from :
Études tactiques sur la campagne de 1806 (Saalfeld, Iéna, Auerstedt).
by Bressonnet, Pascal (Capitaine).
They can be downloaded from link
Select "Téléchargement et impression";
Tick "En cochant cette case, je reconnais avoir pris connaissance des conditions d'utilisation et je les accepte"
Click "Télécharge"

Text downloadable at link

Nine pound round23 Nov 2017 12:53 p.m. PST

No (although those are excellent, too), I meant the drawings that depict the battles from n aerial perspective- like looking at a well-done game.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2017 1:43 p.m. PST

Doesn't the word "Limner" mean a painter or illuminator. Not a person's name.

Nine pound round23 Nov 2017 2:15 p.m. PST

Yes, but it appears as a kind of signature on the prints. Perhaps a pseudonym? I dunno-

Prince of Essling23 Nov 2017 3:52 p.m. PST

Do you mean pictures like these from the book (taken from the blog at link




Nine pound round23 Nov 2017 7:49 p.m. PST

Yes, those were the diagrams I had in mind. Have you ever seen them anywhere else (same style and illustrator, etc).

SCOTT BOWDEN Inactive Member24 Nov 2017 8:59 p.m. PST


The diagrams in question were specifically commissioned by me for the project. I am not aware if the same illustrator has done any work similar to Napoleon's Apogee.


Nine pound round25 Nov 2017 7:46 p.m. PST

Well, FWIW, I thought they were a useful and imaginative way to illustrate the action. Most authors leave a lot to the reader's imagination and inference, and it's nice that you devoted some time and effort to thinking how graphics could be used to enhance the reader's understanding.

I hope it catches on!

SCOTT BOWDEN Inactive Member25 Nov 2017 9:36 p.m. PST

Thanks for your kind remarks as I am always glad to read that the effort to help illustrate the action is appreciated. You might be interested to know that I am continuing with this concept in the latest volume of my "Robert E Lee at War" series.

The newest book in this series (titled---Hope Arises From Despair: Lee, the Seven Days and His Art of War---which is set for release next month) contains tactical combat illustrations (with a different illustrator) that I believe provide a significant improvement to the concept as seen in Napoleon's Apogee. Details about the new Lee book may be found at the web site and the Lee at War facebook page.

Thanks again.


DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 10:47 a.m. PST

Every time I look at those drawings, I think of Irregular's 2mm blocks. Good news about the next book on Lee. I'll need to have a look at it.

DaleWill Supporting Member of TMP27 Nov 2017 10:53 a.m. PST

I just downloaded the sample chapter of the newest book. I see what you mean about updating the illustrations. They look fantastic.


SCOTT BOWDEN Inactive Member03 Dec 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

Thanks, Dale. Glad you like the new illustrations. Please let me know what you think of the latest volume.


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