Sunday, September 16, 2012

Novel Cantiniere.

Tom Burke of "Ours" Volume II
by Charles James Lever 1844

A novel of a boy who goes to the Napoleonic Wars. Great old illustrations by Phiz. and H. Browne for two different editions.  A number are of the cantiniere character  Minnette. The illustrations have a definite mid 1800s look of the cantiniere frock and trousers rather that the skirt and leggings seen in period  illustrations of Napoleon I cantinieres. As in the novel Under Two Flags, where the cantiniere "Cigarette" is killed,  Minnette dies a noble death.

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