LONDONDERRY, Charles William Vane, third marquess of.

Narrative of the Peninsular War, from 1808 to 1813.

Third edition, with an Appendix and Correspondence.

London: Henry Colburn, 1829 Stock Code: 140389

An important Peninsular history, handsomely bound

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First octavo edition, following the two quarto editions of the preceding year; the appendix, comprising "communications from some of my brother officers", appears here for the first time. Londonderry (17781854) was a brave but not particularly brilliant soldier - Sir John Moore described him as "a very silly fellow" who served with variable distinction throughout the Peninsular War. His Narrative, based on his correspondence with his half-brother Lord Castlereagh, was not uncontroversial. His dashing and dandified portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence is at the National Portrait Gallery. The maps, of Corunna, the passage of the Douro, Talavera, Fuentes and Villa Formosa, Badajoz, and Ciudad Rodrigo, engraved by the eminent Sidney Hall, are excellent.

Provenance: neat gift inscription on preliminary blank in volume I, "John Frederick Arthur Hervey from his sincere friend Cosby Trench, on his leaving Eton, Easter 1859". Hervey (1840-1926) took holy orders and served for 56 years as vicar of St Mary, Shotley, Suffolk. Trench (1844-1925) joined the 1st Dragoons as a cornet in 1863, was promoted captain in 1871 and retired five years later.

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2 volumes, octavo (212 x 130 mm). Mid-19th century red morocco, spine with five raised bands, gilt lettered direct in the second and fourth compartments, the remainder with trailing foliate decoration at the corners enclosing a lozenge of fleurons, oblique milled roll to each raised band, sides with frame of paired gilt fillets enclosing concentric panels of foliate and dog-tooth rolls, large blind arabesque block to centre, pretty gilt edge roll, blind foliate turn-ins, pale primrose-yellow coated endpapers, gilt edges.


Large hand-coloured folding map of Spain and Portugal from the original by Br.-Gen. Charles Stuart, 6 folding maps and plans, all engraved by Sidney Hall, 21 folding statistical tables giving orders of battle, dead, wounded and missing.


An excellent set in a very smart binding.


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