8vo, pp. 440, with three lithographed portrait plates, three folding maps (of which two hand-coloured) and a folding plan; plates foxed, some off-setting from maps; contemporary russia, black morocco lettering-piece on spine; slightly rubbed; ownership inscription of A. P. Scott, Corn Market, Oxford, dated 1827 on rear flyleaf; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).
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History of the Spanish Revolution; commencing with the establishment of the constitutional government of the Cortes, in the year 1812 and brought down to its overthrow by the French arms.
First edition of this political history of Spain from the Spanish Constitution of 1812 (also known as the Constitution of Cádiz, 19 March 1812) down to the Battle of Trocadero (31 August 1823) and the execution of Riego (7 November 1823). It seems originally to have been published in parts. According to the preface, the author’s sources included Laborde, Doblado’s Letters from Spain, ‘the Anecdotes of Count Pecchio’ (i.e. Giuseppe Pecchio’s Anecdotes of the Spanish and Portuguese revolutions, 1823), ‘and the still more excellent publication, entitled, “A visit to Spain, by Mr. Quin” ’ (i.e. Michael Quin’s A visit to Spain, 1823).
Little seems to be known about Joseph Hemingway, but he may be identifiable with a man of that name who served with the second battalion of the 84th (York and Lancaster) Regiment of Foot in the Peninsular War.
Alberich 846; Palau 112917.
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Lo Stato Pontificio agli altri incliti co-stati d’Italia.
Anonymous anti-French pamphlet, which saw a number of printings in 1796 and 1797, and calls for a general insurrection against the French in Italy. The pamphlet draws very heavily, albeit without any acknowledgment of its debt, on Francesco Gusta’s 1794 Saggio critico sulle cruciate, in which he argued both that the Crusades against the Turks were justified on the grounds that the Turks wished both to destroy Christianity and to enslave Europe, and that the Republican French wished to do the same; therefore he argued for a similar popular movement against the French. Lo Stato Pontifico presents itself as the Papal States’ attempt to rally support for such a movement throughout Italy.
Lucii Flori rerum ab urbe condita liber primus [– quartus].
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