two colored, folding maps. 8vo, Pagination: xvii, 388, 136. With Plan of the action near Coruna [sic] Jan. 16, 1809 and large folding map of Spain & Portugal. Moore (1761-1809) was a life-long soldier who served in the American Revolutionary War (1779). In 1808, he was sent to Portugal under the command of Sir Harry Burrard, and then became commander-in-chief upon Burrard's recall. He decided to transport his troops by land from Lisbon to Corunna (called "Coruna" in the text) but was forced, partly by lack of supplies, to retreat into Portugal, when he was requested by Sir Charles Stuart to come to the defence of Madrid. He managed to get within a day's march of the Spanish capital when he learned that Napoleon had taken the city and cut off his own retreat to Portugal. Moore then commenced an historic retreat over difficult country in midwinter to Corunna, arriving there on Jan. 13, 1809. Upon the arrival of the French, he was mortally wounded, but lived long enough to hear of their defeat. He was then buried at midnight in the Citadel of Corunna on Jan. 16, 1809. The editor of this work was Moore's brother. This Narrative was reprinted at least five times in the year of its publication, but was extensively revised and expanded for this, the fourth edition. This volume, originally encased in drab publisher's boards, has been freshly, and professionally, re-bound in grey cloth, with a morocco spine label, and clean endpapers. Both maps slightly foxed; otherwise in excellent condition. Wants the portrait of Moore and the frontispiece view of Corunna. Contents generally quite foxed, but otherwise clean.
Very good. Hbk 4to rebound by Joseph Ruzicka, Washington DC in dark green boards with cream cloth spine 324pp probably the first edition engraved portrait frontis fold-out map of the battlefield of Coruna and another full-page illustration ("A View of the British and French Positions") untrimmed pages some foxing here and there; some waviness to pages (the result of the tightness of the binding) a little browning to the spine but otherwise an exceptionally clean tight copy from the collection of Edward Lathem, longtime director of the Dartmouth College Libraries photos and provenance on request.
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