Rambles in the Pyrenees; and a visit to San Sebastian.

London, Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1838.

8vo, pp. xi, 218, with a lithographed frontispiece and a folding map of the Pyrenees; illustrations in the text; a very good copy in the original black cloth; lightly rubbed, a few small marks; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).

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First edition; scarce. Vaux’s peregrinations in the Pyrenees, which took place during the First Carlist War, were mostly confined to the French side of the border, but he visited Viella and Venasque on the Spanish side. He found the latter to be ‘a town somewhat larger than Viella, and, if possible, surpassing the latter in filth and wretchedness’. He also sailed from Saint-Jean-de-Luz to San Sebastián, then the principal stronghold of the Liberal troops, arriving only a few days after the Battle of Andoain (14 September 1837). ‘The streets and the great square through which we passed were crowded with military, the majority of whom were in a most deplorable condition’ (p. 173), and from the window of his hotel he witnessed the stabbing of a drunken Irishman: ‘this opening scene was rather startling; but I soon found that occurrences of this sort were so frequent, that the narration of it elicited no surprise’ (p. 176).

Alberich 1120; Palau 354458.

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