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A History of the Campaigns of the British Forces in Spain and Portugal, undertaken to relieve those Countries from the French Usurpation 

in Four Volumes 

compiled by publisher

Title continues: "comprehending Memoirs of the Operations of this interesting War, characteristic Reports of the Spanish and Portuguese Troops, and illustrative Anecdotes of Distinguished Military Conduct in Individuals, whatever their Rank in the Army.

This history of war is one of the most reliable one can find on this particular war, the four volumes being a collection of memoirs and anecdotes of events of this conflict. The detailed chronology of the war, laid out through reports of the campaigns accomplished under all the different officers who led these successive  campaigns, is complete with information of great interest on the life of the Spaniards at the time, and a description of the Peninsula, its landscape and people. It is, in addition to its military value, a historical piece of tremendous significance in depicting life in Spain and Portugal at the time of the British campaigns. 480 (vol 1) + 496 (vol 2) + 499 (vol 3) + 496 (vol 4) pages. 5.75 x 9.25 inches.

Four Volumes. Includes a preface in all volumes, a table of contents, and a letter to the Duke of York in the first volume. First volume contains a Policy of the War, a Military View of the Peninsula, and Preliminaries to the Operations of the British Army. Second volume contains the First British Campaign (1808), the Convention of Cintra, and the Recstoration of the Kingdom of Portugal, on its Evacuation by the French Troops. Third volume contains the Campaign under Sir John Moore, his Retreat, and re-Embarkation of the British Army. Fourth volume contains a Military State of the Peninsula, in 1809, the Defence of the Eastern Frontier of Portugal, the Advance of an Army under Sir Arthur Wellesley, (Marquis Wellington,) into Spain, and the Battle of Talavera.

Presumed First Edition. Published by: T. Goddard, London, 1812.

Hardbacks are overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Volumes are in overall very good condition with well-preserved covers in great conditions and interiors which show more important wear.
  • Black buckram covers display minimal overall wear from scarce scuffing and edgewear.
  • Spines feature two red titleblocks with partly faded gilt that is mostly still bright.
  • Binding is tight in all volumes.
  • Spine of vol 1 displays a 1/8" x 1/2" closed tear.
  • Pastedowns display an owner's ink signature on front in all but one volume (vol 3) with some pencil writing on front pastedown in first volume. (See photos)
  • Interior is moderately toned in all volumes, with occasional foxing and staining. Foxing is particularly strong at endpapers. 
  • Inside pages are otherwise free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Most page edges display cutting irregularities, with some cutting flaws. (See photos)
  • Text block edges are deckled as expected, and are darkened and dusty along head.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20180613

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Year Printed: 1812
Author: Unknown
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Subject: History
Topic: Military
Original/Facsimile: Original
Language: English
Publisher: T. Goddard
Binding: Hardcover
Region: Europe
Place of Publication: London
Special Attributes: 4 Vols
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