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Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier: From Marius to Commodus
Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier: From Marius to Commodus
by G. Sumner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.00

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars massive reference but..., 22 Feb 2010
Massive reference. Almost every item is fully described in text: weapons, armor, "soft" clothes, insignia, foot, horse, auxiliary and naval troops equipment etc. The only drawback (in my opinion) is that the text is illustrated mostly with frescoes, sculptures (which are hardly "readable" for an average inexperienced student) and original items from museum collections (same badly damaged). There are comparably few "modern reconstruction" drawings - in fact just 7 full page color plates by Graham Sumner (4 of which were already published in another massive book by Sumner - "Roman Military Dress", 1st plate descriptions are confused), the book lacks (again, in my opinion) accurate line drawings of javelins, swords, shields, helmets etc. This makes the present title rather "academic", perhaps not suitable for beginners who should use Osprey series first


British Rockets of the Napoleonic and Colonial Wars 1805-1901
British Rockets of the Napoleonic and Colonial Wars 1805-1901
by Carl Franklin
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most informative book, 29 Sep 2008
Packed with detailed drawings and supporting text. Make a note that 1) the book includes only 8 color plates (rest of illustrations are b/w); 2) uniforms-and-personal-equipment section deals with the Napoleonic period only (e.g Colonial period is omitted). Uniforms section includes: Royal Marine Artillery; Royal Artillery; Rocket Troop, Royal Horse Artillery; Royal Military Artificers; Corps of Military Drivers.


Napoleonic Uniforms 2 Volume Boxed Set
Napoleonic Uniforms 2 Volume Boxed Set
by John R. Elting
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars poor binding, 18 Dec 2007
(make a note, that this review applies to Greenhill 2007 volumes 1-2 edition). Everyone knows what the book is about. The set is intended for serious collectors, and it was quite disappointing to find such a poor shell for such an excellent material inside. It looks like the Publisher wanted to have deluxe-like binding but at low cost. As a result you will get thin cardboard slip case covered with light cloth of inferior quality and books covered with the same cloth with no protective dust-jackets. I have no idea - why the Publisher did not use thick cardboard laminated box and laminated dust-jackets. I wonder how long will this cloth stand intensive reading and skipping over. It was very bad idea, in particular, to cover the case with cloth of such quality - if you put the case on bookshelf and intend to use books often, the lower part will wear out quite soon. As mentioned before slip case is made of thin cardboard, offers very little protection to books and may cause transport damage if carelessly packed (like mine, obtained from Amazon, later replased by Amazon). Apart from crease and bump to the box (what caused ugly bump to book corner - due to the poor material of the box) one volume has some awful dark stain on cloth cover (books are delivered sealed!). This will not increase the value of the set, which is not coffee table. It looks like binding company employees have some problems with washing hands and cleaning work place. So, if you are serious collector and have extra money - order "heavy duty" slip case to replace this example of cost cut-minded publishing and underpaid Chinese printing / binding industry.
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