[BUCKHAM, E. W.]
Personal Narrative of Adventures in the Peninsula during the War in 1812-1813. By an Officer late in the Staff Corps Regiment of Cavalry.
First edition of this decidedly uncommon Peninsula War narrative; Copac locates seven copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Scotland, Southampton); not in OCLC. Buckham served mainly with the commissary and his first-hand account is an important one, particularly in that his approach to the campaign diverged from other writers of the time: “E. W. Buckham’s Personal Narrative… which commiserated the soldiers’ suffering rather than celebrate military adventure, was similarly criticised by the ‘Naval and Military Magazine’, which doubted that the author had even truly been a ‘military man'” (Neil Ramsey, The Military Memoir and Romantic Literary Culture, 1780-1835, 2011, p. 75).
Octavo (183 x 111 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, decorative gilt spine, green morocco label, red & brown speckled edges. Wood engraving (at p. 239) of the main gateway at Palencia. Contemporary armorial bookplate of Alexander Gordon of Auchlunies, uncle to Wellington’s chief ADC Sir Alexander Gordon. A crisp, clean copy in a lovely period binding.
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