8vo, pp. xii, 353 + 1 p. errata & 2 pp. publisher’s advertisements, with hand-coloured engraved frontispiece and 8 full-page hand-coloured engraved plates; Donaueschingen library-stamp on verso of title, some very light marginal staining; an excellent copy, in a fine contemporary binding of dark blue morocco, gilt border and decoration to sides and spine, gilt dentelles, edges gilt.
US $2006 €1699
First edition of these Spanish memoirs, by the German soldier and military historian Franz Xavier Rigel (1783-1852). The charming plates show traditional Spanish costumes, and include a scene at a bullfight. Bound in a German aristocratic binding of the period, in excellent condition.
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