Revelations of Spain in 1845 . . . Second edition. Revised and corrected by the author. With numerous additions.

London, Henry Colburn, 1845.

Two vols., 8vo, pp. [iii]–xii, 372; [iii]–viii, 398; without the half-titles, vol. I preliminaries mis-bound; first few leaves of each volume slightly spotted, but a good copy in contemporary Irish black roan-backed boards, spines gilt, by White of Armagh; slightly rubbed; ownership inscription of Eleanor Evans dated 1850 on titles; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).


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First published earlier the same year. Terence McMahon Hughes (1812–1849) was the son of a flax buyer of Newry, County Down. He wrote for the Irish nationalist weekly paper The Nation, as did his sister Margaret Callan. His Revelations of Spain in 1845 ‘gives a reliable account of the fall of Espartero and the rise of Narvaez, and his descriptions of Queen Isabel and her camarilla are well and ruthlessly drawn. Hughes had at least lived in Spain, mostly in Seville or Cádiz, and was an eye-witness of many of the events he recorded’ (Robertson).

‘The strong position accorded to the Spanish Church of re-endowment with real property, and the several events which found their completion last month, in the close of the Córtes and the promulgation of the Constitutional Reform, combine to give to this second edition, the character of almost a new and substantive work. About one hundred original pages have been added, embodying in the various chapters, under the fitting heads, a careful analysis of all the late constitutional and legislative reforms, and a completion of the History to the present hour. Amidst a quantity of new and interesting matter, to make room for which the more transient has been expunged, some further details of Espartero’s life are introduced’ (preface to the second edition, pp. vii–viii).

Alberich 1070; Palau 116718. See Robertson, Los curiosos impertinentes (1992) pp. 171–3.

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