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(STEWART, Sir William.)

Cumloden Papers.

Edinburgh, Printed for Private Circulation, 1871 Stock Code: 59836
£1,750.00
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First edition of this uncommon memoir of "auld grog Wullie", printed in an edition of just 50 copies. OCLC locates just six copies; only one copy appears in auction records in the last 30 years. The work contains a lengthy biographical preface; Stewart's own journal of the Baltic Expedition and the Battle of Copenhagen, where he "was himself on Nelson's flagship and wrote what was regarded as the best account of the battle"(ODNB); his correspondence with Nelson, 1801-05 (Stewart's son was named Horatio at Nelson's request, and Nelson recommended Stewart to St. Vincent as "the rising hope of our Army"); and with Wellington, 1810-21, under whom Stewart served with distinction in the Peninsula. Stewart, "open-hearted and honourable in the highest degree", was very popular amongst the men of his division, which may have been at least partly down to the extra rum rations that earned him his soubriquet (and which Wellington insisted Stewart pay for personally).

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Description

Quarto (278 x 214 mm). Contemporary purple hard-grain half morocco, title gilt to spine, single rule to spine and corner edges, purple linen sides, all edges gilt.

Illustrations

Oval Woodburytype portrait frontispiece, 2 mounted Woodburytypes.

Condition

Spine sunned, slightly rubbed, prelims foxing, else a very good copy.

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