A boy in the Peninsular War. The services, adventures, and experiences of Robert Blakeney, Subaltern in the 28th Regiment. An autobiography . . . Second impression.

London, John Murray, 1899.

8vo, pp. xviii, 382, with a folding map; some foxing or spotting, a few pencil markings; original maroon cloth; slightly rubbed, head and foot of spine frayed, splits in cloth along lower joint, spine slightly faded; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).

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First edition, second impression. Robert Blakeney was born in Galway in 1789 and joined his regiment in 1804, at the age of fifteen. He landed in Portugal on 20 August 1808, and fought throughout the war until shot in the leg at the Battle of Nivelle (10 November 1813), soon after which he returned to Ireland.

‘When he relates his own adventures, his own acts in battle, his language is simple, direct, vivid; he states plain facts. When he recalls the exploits of others – of veteran generals, of boys like himself, of private soldiers and especially of his own beloved 28th Regiment, then he cries out a little gloriously perhaps, but with a frankness, a generosity, an honest ardour of admiration which surely may win pardon from the most severe of critics’ (introduction, pp. ix–x).

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