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MOORE, Sir John.

A Narrative of the Campaign of the British Army in Spain,

Commanded by His Excellency Lieut.-General Sir John Moore, K.B. &c.&c.&c. Authenticated by Official Papers and Original Letters, by James Moore, Esq. The Second Edition, corrected.

Published: London: Printed for Joseph Johnson, 1809

Stock code: 87224

Price: £650

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First edition, of a work which ran to a second quarto, and three further octavo editions in the same year. Edited from Moore’s papers by his brother following Sir John’s death on the battlefield at Corunna. Severely wounded, having been struck “on the left breast and shoulder by a cannon shot”, he lingered long enough to hear of his victory. His last words, reportedly, were, “I hope the people of England will be satisfied!” In fact, they were not, the Times remarking; “The fact must not be disguised … that we have suffered a shameful disaster” (quoted in Hibbert, Corunna, p. 188) and this book was written to defend his memory. The first is not common, and here is offered in a pleasingly unsophisticated contemporary binding.

Quarto (270 210 mm). Contemporary half russia, bright orange marbled boards, flat spine, title gilt direct, compartments formed by a beaded roll, similar roll to spine and corner edges, edges “marbled” in red, marbled endpapers. Portrait frontispiece, plate of a view of the British and French positions at Corunna, folding plan, large folding general map with the “March of the British Columns,” coloured. A little rubbed, spine slightly scuffed, hinges sometime tightened, light browning, some offsetting from the portrait, one leaf and the map with tears, no loss, old repairs, some consequent paste-action browning to the map, but overall a very good copy.

Bibliography: Sandler 2400.

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