I love an old book, particularly those from the 19th century period, which not surprisingly is what I tend to write about. Not necessarily military either, but if they contain information all to the good.
They are filled with the most glorious illustrations, not just those to enhance the stories or articles but also their ornate dropped initial capital letters and chapter headings, the attention to detail in some of these prints are stunning.
Well…this morning mr postie dropped me off a large box, thankfully my other half was out of the golf course so I have time to peruse, inhale and caress my latest acquisition before I secret it away in my (non-elastic) bookcase.
This one I brought in the name of research, it just sort of appeared on screen in front of me. How fortuitous was that? I scrolled past it a couple of times as I have to confess it was slightly out of my usual price range.
But when it popped up in my feed for about the 5th time I knew that was a sign I just HAD to purchase it.
It lists every single change made to the regiments uniforms date by date
Which helps me no end because making sure of getting military uniforms correct for the right date can be a nightmare!
From a quick peek into this, they certainly liked to change things around fairly often it seems.
There’s even a few black and white illustrations going back to the start of the Coastal Artillery and Master Gunners, might even have to update book I with a couple of these illustrations.
Can’t wait to squirrel myself away this afternoon with a cuppa and biccy to enjoy my secret.
If you enjoy reading stories of Weymouth and Portland of old, why not buy a copy of my book Nothe Fort and Beyond. Enough gossip in there to fill your evenings.
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