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About a week ago I received this excellent book.

http://www.christahook.co.uk/peninsularbook

Mine is number 89 of 200 signed by the artist Christa Hook.

On page 133, There is a full page picture that says it all for me, and that is a reconstruction of a gent of whom I have had a lot of admiration over the years of reading about the 95th Regiment of Foot [Riflemen]. That gent is Lieutenant James Gairdner of the 95th, depicted in full dress (c.1816), the only American (he returned home to the U.S in 1826 after retiring from the regiment in 1826) to serve in the regiment.

Apart from a few, small examples of preliminary sketches and one or two photo's of Christa at work and of her in her younger years with her dad Richard Hook (another great Military artist), all the pictures are in full colour

Oh! there is also a donation given to the Rifles Charity for every copy sold.

The only criticism I have of the book, is that some of the pictures cover two pages, which means the bane of the spine crease.

The book price is only £15.00 / $23.00 / 21.00 euros.

I rate the book 9/10

If it weren't for the pictures spanning two pages, I would give it the full 10.

Paul
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