London: Printed for John Murray, 1817. First edition. Twentieth century bookplate of an A.R. Turner to front pastedown. Still quite fresh throughout despite some foxing. A very good, clean copy. Contemporary calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt rule and red morocco label. Octavo. vii, 351 pp. Item #17166
In June of 1815, Charlotte Anne Eaton, née Waldie (1788 – 1859), her sister Jane Watts (1793 – 1826), and their brother John traveled to Brussels, which began the events chronicled in the present memoir. They were evacuated to Antwerp, then witnessed the Battle of Waterloo, and returned to England after six weeks. Eaton first published her account of the battle in The Battle of Waterloo (1815), illustrated by Watts, and published this extended account two years later. The present work “was noted for its liveliness and its unflinching account of the horror of the battle…It was also a staunchly patriotic piece of writing, which revelled in ‘English greatness and glory,’ and was considered one of the best contemporary accounts by a non-military writer,” (Oxford DNB).
Eaton also wrote novels, but she was best known for her works on travel, which also included Rome in the Nineteenth Century (1818) and Sketches Descriptive of Italy in 1816-17 (1820), which she co-authored with Watts. Eaton was an early woman novelist-turned-war-correspondent, preceded by important woman writers like Ann Radcliffe. Colbert; Robinson, pp. 261-262.