Monday, 27 October 2014

News from Diplomatist Books #3

New additions

Close followers of the website or Facebook page will have notice that there hasn't been any addition of new stock for a little while.  This is because I've been concentrating on adding the existing stock to a new inventory system.  Once that's done, I'd add the stock that's piling up.

I also need to think a little about focus - what stock should I be concentrating on and where should I be heading in the new year?  Comments welcome.

Books of the week - The Napoleonic Library

This week I'm going to talk about The Napoleonic Library, a series published by Greenhill Books.

Greenhill Books has an interesting history itself.  It was an  imprint founded in 1985 by Lionel Leventhal a giant in military history publishing (he also established the London Book Fair).  Having just sold Arms & Armour Press (which he had founded in the 1960s) and Ken Trotman Books, Leventhal was contractually prevented from publishing any new books, so Greenhill reprinted long-out-of-print and hard-to-find classics of military history.

Thirty-five of these titles were in the Napoleonic Library.

We have the following Greenhill publications in stock among our Napoleonic titles.

Charles Oman
Wellington’s Army, 1809-1814, The Napoleonic Library Vol 4, Greenhill Books (1986), h, d/w, 395pp.  Slight foxing to the top- and fore-edge, but overall in very good condition.  £12.00.

Facsimile of the first, 1913, edition of Sir Charles’ classic work on the composition and organisation of the Peninsular Army.

William Swabey
Diary of Campaigns in the Peninsula for the Years 1811, 12 and 13 by Lt William Swabey, an Officer of E Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, Ken Trotman (1984), pb, 217pp.   

George Simmons
A British Rifle Man: Journals and Correspondence During the Peninsular War and the Campaign of Wellington, Napoleonic Library Vol 3, Greenhill Books (1986), hb, d/w, 386pp.

Facsimile of the first, 1899, edition.

A F Becke
Napoleon and Waterloo: The Emperor’s Campaign with the Armée du Nord, The Napoleonic Library, Greenhill Books (1995), hb, d/w, 320pp.

A reprint of the 1936 edition of Major Becke’s work.

Alexander Cavalié Mercer
Journal of the Waterloo Campaign, The Napoleonic Library Vol 1, Greenhill Books (1985), hb, d/w, 388pp.  Slight foxing to the top- and fore-edge, but overall in very good condition.

General Cavalié Mercer (1783-1868) commanded G Troop, Royal Horse Artillery through the Waterloo Campaign and at the battle itself.  His journal was first published in 1870 – this is a facsimile of an 1927 edition.

Royal British Legion Raffle

Don't forget to buy you raffle tickets for Richard's annual wargaming raffle in aid of the RBL.  There is a list of those who have donated prizes here and details of how to buy the tickets here.

Dogs are for Life, But Books are for Christmas!


  1. The Napoleonic Library looks terrifically interesting and is a fascinating inside look at how publishing works. While I would like all of those books, I'm currently interested in the Frog side of things. Did Greenhill do any translation of French memoirs or historians?

    1. Yes, several. You can find a full list at together with links to detailed looks at them.


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