A number of interesting books have made it into the library since Christmas. While many have had a cursory browse, only now do some enjoy a closer examination. The first to get a closer look and a few sample photos, is Military History Press', Napoleon's First Italian Campaign (NFC). Edited by Matt DeLaMater, the long ago author of Napoleonic wargame rules, Legacy of Glory (remember that one? I do! Still have a copy), Napoleon's First Campaign, is an oversize, coffee table book published with great care. Leather bound with gilt stamping and heavy gilt-edges pages, NFC is a work of art as well as a fine addition to this little presented campaign.
|Montenotte by Keith Rocco|
For the account of the campaign, NFC draws on Ramsey Weston Phipps' four volume, The Armies of the First French Republic and the Rise of the Marshall's of Napoleon I. The text for NFC originates from Phipps' fourth volume. All four volumes were published after the author's death in 1923.
|Guide of the Army of Italy by Keith Rocco|
Having an interest in Rivoli and read many accounts of this battle, I turned first to Phipp's account. Stirring stuff with good explanations as to why the Austrians attacked as they did. Reading this account energizes me to pull this battle out of the gaming archives, set it up, and give it another outing.
At a list price of USD$185 it might seem expensive. For what is included and the production quality, it seems a good value. My own copy was purchased during a half-off sale so this fine work set me back only USD $93. A bargain!
A handsome book and one to consider if you enjoy Rocco's artworks and Napoleon's 1796-1797 campaigns in Italy.