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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Illustrated, 30 Dec 2012
ElGato "DM" (Bristol) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Royal Navy and the Peruvian-Chilean War 1879-1881: Rudolf De Lisle's Diaries and Watercolours (Hardcover)
I recently obtained a copy of this book. Given my deep interest in the naval aspects of the war between Chile and Peru I'm amazed I didn't catch it when it came out. The sub-title is perhaps a little misleading as the book concentrates on the experiences and observations of Rudolf De Lisle, one officer who was a superb diarist and an excellent illustrator, rather than the wider involvement of the RN in that war. However, a brief coverage of the war and the relations of the RN and other navies of the major powers is included and the quality and human interest of De Lisle's writings makes up for this a thousandfold. As an eye witness account of some of the events of that war, the people and places on the South American pacific coast, and observations on the attitudes and opinions of the day it is invaluable. But it is the watercolours that make this book, they are superb, and brilliantly reproduced here in vibrant colour. It is a crying shame that Rudolf De Lisle was to meet a very untimely end in the Sudan during the attempt to relieve Gordon at Khartoum - had he lived I am sure we would also be enjoying a colourful record of his exploits in that war torn country also.
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