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Historical, Military, and Picturesque Observations on Portugal, Illustrated By Seventy-five Colour Plates, Including Authentic Plans of the Sieges and Battles Fought in the Peninsula During the Late War
1818 United Kingdom
Offered by Temple Rare Books
Published - T. Cadell and W. Davies
Two volumes complete - Volume One - , 607pp, , xiv and Volume Two - , xii, 293, , 132, , 203pp. Contemporary half morocco and marbled paper over boards, smooth backs, spines in seven panels divided by a greek key roll, author and title to second panel, volume and number to fifth. Rubbed to extremities, some bumping to lower edge of boards, paper covering boards slightly rubbed and slightly chipped to edges. Lightly foxed internally, off-setting to some of the maps / plans, Oo3 in volume one with loss to bottom margin (not affecting text), small puncture hole to map at page 588 in volume and a small puncture to plate at page 80 in volume two, lacks the half-titles. Most of the folding plates have a small repair to, or just adjacent to, the fold. Armorial bookplate of Rear-Admiral Charles Ekins to front pastedowns, with a large presentation inscription from Ekins to Colonel Henry Salwey to ffeps. Ekins, (later knighted), had served in the Navy on the coast of Portugal in 1808, (see ODNB), Salwey was later the MP for Ludlow. Complete with seventy-six coloured aquatints (seventy-five called for, but one folding plate is omitted from the list of plates), including thirteen folding or double page. The plates are after Landmann by Stadler, Hill, Havell, Ogborne, Baily and Jeakes. Abbey Travel 140; Tooley 291, "the most beautiful illustrated English book on Portugal of the period"; Brunet III:812; Thomson II:565