PORTER, Sir Robert Ker.
A Narrative of the Campaign in Russia, during the year 1812.
First edition; uncommon: Copac lists 5 copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (British Library, Oxford, Aberdeen, Cambridge, V&A). “Porter was well placed to observe the campaign. He was historical painter by appointment to the Tsar and married a Russian princess during 1812” (Sandler). Lowndes considered that “the chief value of this book consists in its official documents” and it was reprinted seven times. From the library of General the Honourable Robert Taylor (1760-1839), with his armorial bookplate on the front pastedown and gilt monogram in the head compartment of the spine. Taylor served with the 5th Dragoons, largely in Ireland but also in Flanders and Germany during the French Revolutionary Wars; he was also a member of the Royal Asiatic Society. A fine Napoleonic era provenance.
Quarto (278 212 mm). Contemporary half russia, gilt banded spine, marbled sides. Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of Kutuzov by Hopwood, 2 large folding maps (French advance and retreat from Moscow). Hinges split but sound, sides a little rubbed, otherwise a good wide-margined copy complete with half-title.
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