Tales of the Wars of our Times.London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1829 Stock Code: 140776
NotesFirst and only contemporary edition. A pretty set of this collection of tales of the Napoleonic Wars by a serving soldier. Sherer, Moyle (17891869), attended Winchester College, but left on obtaining a commission in the 34th regiment. In 1809 he was ordered to Portugal with his unit, and took part in the engagements of Albuera, Arroyo dos Molinos, and Vitoria. In the summer of 1813 Sherer was taken prisoner at the pass of Maya, and was moved to France, where he remained for two years, living chiefly at Bayonne. In 1818 the 34th went out to Madras, where Sherer wrote Sketches of India (1821), which was highly successful running through four editions. Encouraged by this success, Sherer continued to write after his return to England in 1823, his Recollections of the Peninsula (1823) reached five editions and led Sherer into correspondence with Sir William Napier concerning Sir John Moore's campaign. The present work contains five short stories of military life, and enjoyed reasonable success, the United Service Journal, a safe audience, describing it as "eminently impressive and original; generally serious, often didactic, and ever pure and picturesque". Armorial bookplate of John Sheepshanks (17871863), dated 1852, to the front pastedowns. Sheepshanks, a wealthy textile manufacturer and prolific art collector, made in 1857 the founding gift for the National Gallery of British Art, which was to become the collection which became the V & A.
2 volumes octavo (186 x 115 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, red and black morocco labels to the spines, low bands with gilt milling, compartments with repeated stylised floral design, attractive foliate rolled panel to the boards, boards edges milled edge, page edges stained red, double comb marbled endpapers.
Half-titles bound in.
Just a little rubbed, the spines a touch dry, front joints of both volumes started, but holding, pale toning of the text block, overall a well-presented set in excellent state.
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