The Letters and Dispatches of John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough,
from 1702 to 1712.
First Edition. “‘There are few successful commanders,’ says Creasy, ‘on whom Fame has shone so unwillingly as upon John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough.’ I believe this is true; and it is an interesting historical study to examine the causes which have made so great a contrast between the glory and importance of his deeds and the small regard of his countrymen for his memory … he never fought a battle that he did not win, nor besieged a fortress he did not take. Amid all the chances and baffling accidents of war he produced victory with almost mechanical certainty… he never rode off any field except as victor. He quitted war invincible” (Winston Churchill on his renowned ancestor). The editor “Murray was after Wellington the most respected soldier of his time in Britain, whose opinion carried immense weight both at home and abroad and not only on military matters” (ODNB). Described by Bruce as “a major source for the Spanish War of Succession”.
5 volumes, octavo (216 134 mm). Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, darker brown morocco labels, volume numbers direct to the spine, bands enclosed between paired rules gilt and blind, double rule in blind to the spine and corner edges, edges sprinkled red, olive green endpapers. Engraved frontispiece from the Kneller portrait to volume I, half-titles bound in to all. Spines just a little scuffed, slightly rubbed, light browning occasional foxing, but overall a very good set in a pleasingly solid contemporary binding. Armorial bookplates of Robert Barton of County Wicklow motto, “fide et fortitudine”.
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