BERESFORD, William Carr, Viscount
Strictures on those Passages in the Second and Third Volumes of Col. Napier’s History of the Peninsular War,
which relate to the Military Opinions and Conduct of General Lord Viscount Beresford ... To which is added M.-Gen. Sir B D'Urban's Report of the Operations in the Alemtejo and Spanish Estremadura, during the Campaign of 1811. [together with;] Colonel Napier's Justification of his Third Volume ... containing some New and Curious Facts relative to the Battle of Albuera. [&] A Reply to Various Opponents; particularly to "Strictures on Colonel Napier's History of the War in the Peninsula."
The first- and third-named second editions, the second a first. This “edition” of Beresford’s replies to Napier combines both the Strictures … and Further Strictures … of 1831, adding D’Urban’s Report, previously privately printed, as a supplement, and is uncommon; Napier’s Reply was first published, as a response, in 1832. Part of the acrimonious “pamphlet war” between Beresford and Napier concerning Beresford’s conduct of the Albuera Campaign; “Beresford’s ponderous defence in three long pamphlets, combined with Napier’s rapier-like thrusts, caused many readers to believe that Beresford had blundered at Albuera and that his claims were inaccurate. Assuredly, Beresford, a brave if controversial soldier, made many great contributions in the Peninsula, but the 1811 campaign was not one of them. However, throughout his Peninsular career he enjoyed the confidence of Wellington, who understood his hypochondria, his harsh personality, and his tendency to blame subordinates when his projects failed. Yet his long life of service was largely admirable, and, on balance, he made great contributions to British successes in the Napoleonic wars” (ODNB).
Octavo (215 129 mm) Contemporary diced calf, black morocco label, flat bands with double gilt rules, triple fillet panels to the compartments containing a single ruled panel with foliate corner-pieces enclosing a blind floral centre tool, single fillet gilt panel to the boards, edges sprinkled brown. A little rubbed at the extremities, hinges just started, mild foxing front and back, light browning throughout, very good.
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