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Heath, William. THE LIFE OF A SOLDIER; A Narrative and Descriptive Poem. With Eighteen Engravings by ... , William Sams 1823.

1st Ed. Royal 8vo. Half title present. [viii] + 150pp. + [ii] publ. adverts. 18 hand cold. aquatint plates. Some light browning, ex.-libris Henry C. Taylor, uncut, original boards, later paper spine? Some wear and soiling to boards with crudely hand cold. port. to upper board, paper backed linen d/w., enclosed in red straight grained morocco pull off slipcase with raised bands and gilt lettering to ‘spine’, minor rubbing to extremities. The career of a young British soldier in the Far East and through the Peninsular campaign told in verse.Scarce uncut and in boards.Abbey Life 361; Tooley, pp.141-2; Prideaux, pp.305, 340.William Heath [pseud. Paul Pry] (1794/5–1840), caricaturist and illustrator. ODNB ‘... it has been suggested that he was brought up in Spain (George, English Political Caricature, 207n.). There is little biographical information about this man, who was probably a soldier and certainly an accomplished artist, practising in caricature, military illustration, portraiture, and landscape ... he was principally occupied in illustrating books, mainly on military themes. The most notable are The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and her Allies (1815), for which he designed fifty-two plates, The Wars of Wellington by William Combe (1819), and his own Life of a Soldier (1823). During this time he also drew theatrical portraits or ‘characters’. He described himself in 1819 as ‘portrait and military painter’ (George, Catalogue, 9.civ). When the demand for military prints declined in the 1820s Heath reverted to caricatures, published either as individual prints or as sets, and soon established himself in a leading position ...’ US$636 (Book ref. 184002 )  £ 400.00

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