An impartial enquiry into the management of the war in Spain, by the ministry at home, and into the conduct of those generals, to whose care the same has been committed abroad. Collected from many original letters and councils of war, never published before. Together with an account of the several embarkations, both of British and foreign troops, that have been sent to Spain or Portugal for the support of the present war. And a distribution of the annual sums granted by Parliament, and applied to those services.

London, John Morphew, 1712.

8vo, pp. [viii], 265; 139; slightly toned and a few isolated spots, but a good copy in contemporary panelled calf, black morocco lettering-piece on spine; slightly rubbed, upper joint cracked, short cracks in lower joint, spine chipped at head and foot; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020) .

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An impartial enquiry into the management of the war in Spain, by the ministry at home, and into the conduct of those generals, to whose care the same has been committed abroad. Collected from many original letters and councils of war, never published before. Together with an account of the several embarkations, both of British and foreign troops, that have been sent to Spain or Portugal for the support of the present war. And a distribution of the annual sums granted by Parliament, and applied to those services.

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First edition of this examination of the British participation in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714) down to 1710, with particular emphasis on the years 1703–7. The author, Martin Bladen (1680–1746), ‘matriculated at St John’s College, Cambridge, in 1697 and in the same year was admitted at the Inner Temple, but did not pursue a career in law. He joined the army, served in the Low Countries and Spain, and became an aide-de-camp to Henri de Massue de Ruvigny, first earl of Galway. In 1709 he was appointed colonel of a regiment of foot raised in Portugal, but he sold the colonelcy in 1710 and retired from the army’ (Oxford DNB). Bladen later became an important figure on the Board of Trade.

ESTC T117614; Goldsmiths’ 4959. Not found in Palau.

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