I nearly didn't buy this. Lousy condition, falling apart. But it was set on ebay with a low starting price so, why not put in a bid... so got it dirt cheap.
Frankly, it is in lousy condition. Virtually unbound, couple of the plates damaged. But, it was cheap and it had some useful colour prints of uniforms.
Then after it arrived I noticed the name of the Illustrator. It sounded familiar so I checked... yes, Harry Payne, Greenwood and Ball sold a set of postcards of Harry Payne prints back in the 70s. I had a set.
So, really what can only be considered to be a good buy.
Especially when you consider that one of the loose plates was smaller than the others... a plate in near perfect condition from a different book showing a 1904 Hussar...