I stumbled upon this eBay offering a few weeks ago. While I have many of the Osprey MAA Napoleonic paperback editions, I had not seen this one.
What is it? Napoleon's Cavalry is a 248 page, hardback edition published by Presidio Press, 1979 by Bukhari and McBride. It contains an amalgamation of five of the Osprey MAA's booklets. Included are chapters on,
- (1) Cuirassiers and Carabiniers
- (2) Dragoons and Lancers
- (3) Line Chasseurs
- (4) Hussars
- (5) Guard Cavalry
Napoleon's Cavalry contains the same artwork that illustrates the paperback MAA series only in a larger format. Great to have this collection in one, hardback edition.
With the equivalent of five Ospreys in one hardback edition, I thought I was getting a great bargain via eBay. As my father used to say when we were hunting in the mountains, "never take a drink from a creek and then walk upstream." Well, after I made the purchase, a quick internet search surfaced a number of copies in very good condition. Some were about half the price I paid. The upside with my eBay purchase was that I received plenty of photos so I knew exactly what I was getting. That detail is something most of the smaller online booksellers do not provide.
Next time a book catches my eye, search first, bid second.