The Spanish journal of Elizabeth Lady Holland.

London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1910.

8vo, pp. xi, [i], 437, [1, blank], [2, advertisements], with a portrait-frontispiece and a folding map; some spotting and foxing, a few pencil markings; original grey decorated cloth, top edges gilt; rubbed, short split in cloth at head of lower joint; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).

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First edition. ‘Early in 1802 Lord and Lady Holland decided to spend the following winter abroad. The health of their eldest son Charles, then six years old, had been for some time a source of worry, and doctors had advised that a change of climate might well have the desired effect. (He lived until 1873.) . . . . During the early stages of the Peninsular War they again visited the country, from November 1808 until the following July, spending five months in Seville, Cádiz, and the vicinity . . . . Lady Holland kept a journal on both tours, but this was not published until 1910. A skilful but aggressive hostess – Lord Dudley, because “he did not choose to be tyrannised over while he was eating his dinner”, was one of many who eventually declined her invitations – she presided for many years over the Whig circle at Holland House, while her husband, a respected supporter of all Spanish liberals, retained throughout these difficult years a keen and sympathetic interest in Peninsular affairs’ (Robertson, Los curiosos impertinentes, 1992, p. 96).

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