HENNINGSEN, Charles Frederick.

The Most Striking Events of a Twelvemonth's Campaign with Zumalacarregui, in Navarre and the Basque Provinces.

London: John Murray, 1836 Stock Code: 141304
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First edition, a very smart set in period calf of this signal and elusive eyewitness account of the First Carlist War (1833-40), Henningsen serving with the Carlist forces under the charismatic Basque officer General Tomás de Zumalacárregui, known affectionately to his troops as "Tio Tomás".

The Edinburgh Review described it as "full of entertainment and written without affectation". It is dedicated to Edward Eliot, third earl of St Germans, who brokered the peace treaty, known as the "Eliot convention", which effectually put an end to the war's "sanguinary system of reprisals" (ODNB).

Of obscure origins, Charles Frederick Henningsen (1815-1877) was described in his New York Times obituary as "a man apparently without a country"; American National Biography calls him "filibuster and author". He began his filibustering career in Spain with the Carlists and for his service was awarded the splendid title Knight of St. Ferdinand and Knight of Isabella. He next turned up in Circassia before offering his services to the Hungarian hero Lajos Kossuth, following him to the United States in 1851 as personal secretary. In America he married, settled in New York, and became something of a munitions expert. Through acquaintance with William Walker he was drawn into filibustering activities in Central America. "As an experienced soldier with an expertise in firearms, Henningsen served as brigadier general under Walker and was appointed artillery commander. In the ensuing war against the rival Nicaraguan faction, Henningsen carried out orders to burn the capital of Granada, the capital of the opposition, in late 1856" (ANB). During the Civil War he joined the Confederate army but resigned his commission in November 1862. Two novels predate his Central American exploits, White Slave (1845) and the futuristic Sixty Years Hence (1847).

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2 volumes, octavo (187 x 115 mm). Contemporary dark blue calf, spines with four low raised bands decorated with four gilt fillets closed by a foliate finial, triple gilt fillet panel to each compartment enclosing framing foliate tools and dots, dark red twin labels, sides with single gilt fillet border enclosing blind foliate frame, blind decorative edge roll, pale primrose yellow-coated endpapers, speckled edges.


Lithograph portrait frontispiece of Zumalacarregui after Henningsen, engraved folding map of the Kingdom of Navarre by J. & C. Walker.


Contemporary bookseller's ticket to each vol. of J. Seacome, Chester; engraved crest bookplate of William Yates, ownership inscription to preliminary blank in vol. I, "John Yates, Hastings, Novr. 2d. 1834" and presentation inscription in vol. II, "John Yates, with Jane's affec[tiona]te love, Hastings, 1837". A few light abrasions to bindings. A very good set, choicely bound.


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