Account of the war in Spain and Portugal, and in the south of France, from 1808, to 1814, inclusive.

London, T. Egerton, 1818.

8vo, pp. xxvi, 448, 2 (advertisements), with four folding maps (three with hand-colouring); a few isolated spots and stains; contemporary diced russia-backed boards, spine gilt; rubbed, covers detached; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).


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First edition. In July 1808 John Jones (1783–1843) was selected to serve as one of the two assistant commissioners under General Leith, appointed military and semi-diplomatic agent to the juntas of northern Spain, returning to England after the battle of Corunna in January 1809. In 1810 he was again present in the Peninsula, this time as brigade major of engineers, and served at all the sieges between November 1810 and May 1812. His Account of the war in Spain and Portugal 'arose from the numerous memoirs on the war in the Peninsula, published by French officers, and the announcement of the speedy appearance of more laboured productions on the same subject, without any British officer stepping forward with a narrative of the actions of his countrymen' (preface, p. [iii]).

A German translation appeared the same year and a French translation the following year.

Alberich 857; Palau 124805.

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