Two volumes, large 8vo; pp. xv, , 280; , 308, with four engraved plates; plates lightly foxed, else a very good set in contemporary pebble-grain morocco, gilt tooled panels to a Spanish design, flat spine gilt, all edges gilt; a family copy – ownership inscriptions of Arthur O’Neil to the fly leaves, library bookplates to front pastedowns, a few unobtrusive stamps.
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First edition. The exact identity of the (female) author remains uncertain, but this is a readable and detailed account of the artists of Spain, beginning with a list of the various schools of painters (Valencia, Madrid, Seville), before moving onto individual artists, arranged alphabetically. The biographies contain notes on training, influences and style, and most famous works, and each volume concludes with a list of paintings and their locations.
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View of Bayonne, taken from the sand hills on the left of the Adour, when occupied by the British forces on the 12 of March 1814, by Lieutenant George B. Willis, of the Royal Artillery. Dedicated with permission to the Rt. Hon. Earl Mulgrave, Master General of the Ordnance, &c. &c. &c. This print is intended to commemorate the illustrious return of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, and that proud period, when after a glorious career of victory, and the deliverance of Spain and Portugal by British valour and perseverance, the English standard was planted before the walls of Bayonne, and the legitimate sovereign of France recalled to add his seal to the general peace of Europe!
On his return from the Peninsular campaign, Wellington first took his seat in the House of Lords and was officially welcomed by the Queen at Buckingham House on 28 June, four days after the publication of this tribute by Edward Orme.
[BRUNEL, Antoine de.]
A journey into Spain.
First edition in English. A free and abridged translation of Voyage d’Espagne curieux, historique et politique, first published anonymously in 1665. Setting out from the Netherlands in 1651 in the company of François van Aerssen, Brunel toured France, Germany and Italy before travelling to Spain in March 1655. The party made its way to Madrid via San Sebastián, Vitoria and Burgos, returning to France at the end of June via Zaragoza, Tudela and Pamplona. Aranjuez and Alcalá de Henares are also described. Brunel compiled this account of his travels around 1657 using his own notes and those of Van Aerssen (who drowned on his return to the Netherlands and to whom the work is sometimes attributed).