Memoirs of Spain during the reigns of Philip IV. and Charles II. from 1621 to 1700.

Edinburgh, Thomas Clark, 1834.

Two volumes, 8vo, pp. x, [ii], 656; [vi], 422; an excellent copy in contemporary russia, gilt border on covers, spines gilt and with brown morocco lettering-pieces; slightly rubbed, spines faded; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).


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First edition. The Glaswegian John Dunlop (d. 1842) was well read in the Greek and Latin classics, and in the literatures of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. He saw his Memoirs of Spain as filling a gap between, on the one hand, his fellow Scot Robert Watson’s The history of the reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain (1777) and Watson and William Thomson’s The history of the reign of Philip the Third, King of Spain (1783) and, on the other, Coxe’s Memoirs of the kings of Spain of the House of Bourbon (1813): ‘Watson and Thomson’s histories, it may be recollected, conclude with the death of Philip III. in 1621; and Coxe begins his Memoirs in the year 1700, with the accession of the House of Bourbon to the Spanish throne. An historic interval has thus been left, comprising nearly a century, of which scarcely any account, so far as I know, has been given in the English language, – those who have written general histories of Spain always passing over this period in a few hurried pages. My sole object is to fill up for the English reader this space, which seems to me to have hitherto remained almost a total blank in Spanish story: and I hope that the ensuing narrative may, perhaps, be accepted as a Supplement to the Biographies of Watson, or an Introduction to the Memoirs of Coxe’ (preface, pp. v–vi).

Provenance: George Ferguson (1786–1867), of Pitfour in Aberdeenshire, with his gilt arms in centre of covers. Ferguson was a naval officer and Member of Parliament for Banffshire from 1832 to 1837.

Alberich 688; Palau 77294.

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