Publisher: London: Printed for John Murray, 1817.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Colbert; Robinson, pages 261-62; ODNB.
Condition: Edges and hinges skillfully repaired; some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 28282
Description8vo, contemporary quarter acid calf, marbled paper boards, red morocco spine label, gilt rules and lettering.
CommentsAn eyewitness account to the Battle of Waterloo and surrounding events by novelist Charlotte Eaton who traveled to Belgium with her sister to accompany their brother to war. He survived and she wrote about it, another example of a novelist turned war correspondent (Ann Radcliffe being an example of an earlier one). "Charlotte's narrative was hugely popular, and rapidly ran through ten editions. It differed from most other accounts of Waterloo in that it dealt with events behind the scenes: the desperate anxiety of trying to sift the truth from the rumors, the squalor of the makeshift hospitals . . . painfully detailed" - Robinson. Eaton wrote several novels, but her two works of travel, this and Rome in the Nineteenth Century, were the works for which she was known. The latter was a definitive guide to the Roman capital.