Are these the 5 most absurdly priced Napoleonic books?
It's a rainy bank holiday so I find myself tootling through amazon browsing for reading inspiration. It turns out that these are five most expensive books you can buy on the subject of the Napoleonic wars - should they be?
Counting down they are....
3 Napoleonic Uniforms by Elting and Knotel - volumes 1 and 2. Wonderful set of two volunes (you buy them together when new so all the same book) varied from an almost sensibleish £250 for used copies to £1758.64 for supposedly new copies.
2 Napoleon's Army - hardback by Lucien Rousselot - priced somewhere between £160 and a truly gobsmacking £1065.8
Love these books and lucky enough to have bought them when first published - Thinner volumes than the first two but browsing through them is inspirational. However certainly wouldn't want to shell out up to £1,898.34 for this pair! The lowest price is around £1200.00!
So what do they have in common?
- Pictures - lots of lovely pictures and who doesn;t love lots of uniform pics
- The subject is mainly the French army
- Mad bookshops with unrealistic expectations
Would I sell the ones of these I own at these prices - hell yes! Then spend the money on traveling round 2nd handbook shops to buy them back at a lower price. It would be a joy!