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OMAN, Charles.

A History of the Peninsular War.

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Published: Oxford At the Clarendon Press, 1902-30

Stock Code: 129714

£2,500
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Notes

First editions. The finest account of a single campaign in the English language, "based upon minute knowledge of many hitherto unexplored sources, not least upon the Vaughan papers at All Souls. Oman travelled widely in Spain and Portugal to acquaint himself with the detailed topography of the campaigns and battlefields: at home and abroad his work won full recognition and upon it his reputation most securely rests" (DNB). Volumes VI and VII, published in 1922 and 1930 respectively, are remarkably scarce, the hiatus of eight years imposed by the Great War, and the attrition resulting from it, having presumably eroded the number of possible subscribers. Complete sets in anything approaching collectable condition are decidedly uncommon. Meticulously indexed, and sequentially organised, an invaluable reference, solidly based in primary sources.

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Description

7 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to spines, gilt roundels to the boards, top edges of volumes I-V gilt.

Illustrations

Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each, numerous plates and maps, many of them folding, throughout.

Condition

A little rubbed and soiled, spines lightly sunned, apart from volume VI which, as usual is somewhat more so due to inferior post-war materials, endpapers variously browned, pale toning to the text-blocks, but the hinges sound throughout, an unusually well-preserved set, very good.

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