SMITH, Sir Harry.

The Autobiography of Lieutenant-General Sir Harry Smith.

Edited with the Addition of some Supplementary Chapters by G. C. Moore Smith.

London: John Murray, 1902 and 1901 Stock Code: 140540
£150.00

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First edition of volume II, early reprint of volume I. Smith's (1787-1860) career was remarkable and romantic. His autobiography includes detail of his early service in South America, Monte Video and Buenos Aires in 1806-7; through the Napoleonic Wars: the Peninsular, Corunna, Torres Vedras, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajos - where he met the lovely Juana, the model for Georgette Heyer's The Spanish Bride, and the eponym of Ladysmith - Salamanca, Vitoria and Toulouse; America in the War of 1812, Bladensburg, the burning of Washington, and the assault on New Orleans; Waterloo; First Sikh War, Ferozeshahr and Aliwal; South Africa and the Kaffir War, 1834-5, and the aftermath of that of 1846-7. Smith had tremendous dash, "was popular with his colleagues and subordinates, who were fascinated by his daring energy, histrionics, and originality, and who admired his rough and ready wit" (ODNB). His victory at Aliwal, in which he led the final charge in person, has been described as a "near perfect battle".

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, gilt-lettered spine, Smith's arms in gilt to front covers, top edges gilt.

Illustrations

Photogravure portrait frontispiece to each volume by Walker & Cockerell (with tissue guards), 2 similar plates (portraits of Juana Smith), 7 half-tone plates, 5 maps and plans (one folding).

Condition

Binding skilfully refurbished, extremities of spines and corners consolidated, gilt lettering retouched, SOAS withdrawn stamp to front free endpaper in vol. II, other library stamps carefully erased from title pages. This is a restored ex-library copy that still presents well.

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