Annals of the Peninsular campaigns. By Thomas Hamilton, Esq. . . . A new edition – revised and augmented by Frederick Hardman, Esq.

Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood & Sons, 1849.

8vo, pp. xxxiv, 650; a few isolated spots or stains; original brown cloth; rubbed, extremities slightly worn, splits in cloth along joints; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).

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Third edition, revised and expanded; first published in 1829. ‘Besides general revision, and numerous notes and interpolations throughout the whole work – nearly every part of the book, where British troops figure, subsequent to the battle of Corunna, has been rewritten and considerably amplified’ (editor’s preface, p. vi).

Thomas Hamilton (1789–1842) ‘worked for a time in Glasgow and Liverpool, but showed no aptitude for business. His bent was towards a military career, and in 1810 he obtained a commission in the 29th regiment. He had two spells of active service in the Peninsula, on one occasion receiving a serious wound in the thigh from a musket bullet . . . . On 14 November 1820 Hamilton married Anne Montgomery (d. 1829), the daughter of Archibald Montgomery Campbell, and spent several summers with his wife at [J. G.] Lockhart’s cottage near Abbotsford, where they made the acquaintance of Sir Walter Scott. In 1827 Hamilton published the novel Cyril Thornton, which contains fictionalized accounts of his early life in Glasgow and his military experiences; it went through three editions in his lifetime. In 1829 he published Annals of the Peninsular campaign’ (Oxford DNB).

The editor, Frederick Hardman (1814–1874), was a veteran of the First Carlist War and, as Hamilton had been also, a regular contributor to Blackwood’s Magazine.

Provenance: Brigadier-General Sir Harvey Kearsley (1880–1956), with bookplate.

Alberich 838n; Palau 112125.

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