8vo, pp. xx, 394, cxxxv, , with a folding map, hand-coloured in outline; some light spotting, tear in foot of one leaf (2I2, without loss), but a good copy in the original cloth-backed grey boards, printed paper label on spine; rubbed, two corners bumped, splits in cloth along lower joint, spine label browned; bookplate of Gerald Matthew Bayliss; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).
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History of the War of the Succession in Spain . . . Second edition.
Second edition; first published in 1832. In this work, his first on British history, Lord Mahon made use of the extensive papers and correspondence of his relative James Stanhope, first Earl Stanhope (1673–1721): ‘these papers fill no less than fifteen or sixteen folio cases, and serve not only to communicate new facts, but to throw light upon others that were doubtful or imperfectly known’ (Dedication to the Duke of Wellington, pp. vi–vii). The book ‘established Mahon’s pattern and his contribution: an accurate and honest use of thoroughly researched private papers (usually, but not exclusively, those of his relatives)’ (Oxford DNB).
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