Two vols., pp. xv, 411, ; viii, 535; with a frontispiece-portrait in each volume; some occasional light spotting and soiling, old ownership inscription at head of titles; original purple cloth-backed boards, printed paper spine labels; rubbed and slightly stained, spines faded, paper labels very worn; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).
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The revolutions of Spain, from 1808 to the end of 1836. With biographical sketches of the most distinguished personages, and a narrative of the war in the Peninsula down to the present time, from the most authentic sources.
First edition of this pro-Carlist dissection of recent Spanish history. ‘The narrative commences with the year 1808; not only because the Spanish reformers who have entailed so many calamities on their country first came into notice at that period, but because the real character of the prince whose persecutions and vicissitudes I have undertaken to record [i.e. Don Carlos], then began to show itself’ (preface, p. vii).
William Walton (1783/4–1857) ‘was the son of William Walton, the consul for Spain in Liverpool. At an early age he was sent to Spain and Portugal to learn the languages and to fit himself for a commercial career before going to South America. He acted as a junior secretary to the British expedition which captured the town of Santo Domingo from the French in 1802, and remained there as British agent. In 1809 he returned to England, living in Bristol before moving to London, where he devoted himself to political journalism, writing pamphlets against current ministerial policies towards Spain and Portugal, including open letters to the marquess of Lansdowne, Viscount Palmerston, and Earl Grey’ (Oxford DNB).
Provenance: the prominent Irish barrister, Liberal politician and sometime Lord Mayor of Dublin William Lane Joynt (1824–1895; see Dictionary of Irish Biography), with bookplate.
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