(Hardman, Frederick).


New ed., 1867. Vi + 258 pp. Original brown cloth; gilt to spine; 18 x 12cm. Insc., to t-p., from 1885; hinges pulled along e.p.'s & cracking a little at the top o/w GOOD+ binding and internally V.G. The stories in this book concern wars in Spain from around 1793 to 1840. As such they include the Peninsular War with Napoleon and the later Carlist Wars. This is essentially a work of fiction with some basis upon actual events and first-hand experiences. The author was a lieutenant of the British Legion's 2nd Lancers. The preface claims that the passages about the career of the Empecinado, which follow the fate of a Spanish guerrilla in the Peninsular campaign against Napoleon, were based upon the 'recollections of a Spaniard still living' at the time the book was first published in 1840. However, the stories about the Carlist Wars were more reliably founded upon the author's own experiences and the preface claims that ‘the majority of the incidents narrated in them really occurred’. SCARCE.

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