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HAY, Sir Andrew Leith.

A Narrative of the Peninsular War.

Fourth edition.

Published: London: John Hearne, 1850

Stock code: 111592

Price: £500

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Uncommon in the original cloth, Hay’s account was first published in two volumes in 1831. “Andrew Leith Hay entered the army as an ensign in the 72nd foot on 8 January 1806, went to the Peninsula in 1808 as aide-de-camp to his uncle General Sir James Leith, and served through the war until 1814. He was much employed in gaining intelligence, and was present at many of the actions from Corunna to the storming of San Sebastian … On General Leith’s being appointed in 1816 to the governorship of Barbados, his nephew accompanied him, and discharged the duties of military secretary and also those of assistant quartermaster-general and adjutant-general” (ODNB).

Octavo. Original purple cloth, printed paper label to spine as issued, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Folding map frontispiece and 20 plates, engraved by Lizars after the author’s own sketches. Contemporary bookseller’s ticket of A & R Milne, Aberdeen, to the front pastedown. Laid-in newspaper clipping from 1914 concerning the centenary of the Peninsular War. Lightly rubbed overall, spine sunned and gently rolled, label chipped costing one letter, tips bumped, light browning to contents, plates generally clean, pale spotting just affecting images in two (Battle of Vittoria and Roncesvalles). A very good, entirely unsophisticated copy.

Bibliography: Sandler 1623.

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