Lettre Au Comte Moira,
De L' Imprimerie de Vogel et Schulze, 18, Poland-Street, Oxford-Street.
Folio. 11.75 x 14 inches. [iv] + 72 pp. Text in French. Bound in contemporary red morocco, gilt, with decorative gilt borders on boards; spine in compartments with raised bands, decorated gilt. Inner dentelles. Some age wear to extremities and a little spotting of preliminaries and fly leaves; otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate of Viscount Birkenhead. From the Hastings Library inscribed on verso of first free endpaper. Account of life in Spain during the Peninsular War, from the viewpoint of Cadiz, which was the centre of the Spanish resistance to the French, who had failed to capture it during their invasion of 1808. The city, with the help of British military intervention, subsequently held out during the French siege of 1810-12. The author, Ferdinand, Baron de Geramb (1772-1848) was a somewhat elusive figure, a supposed aristocrat, who fought against the French Revolution. After the end of the war, he became a Trappist monk and later the pope made him titular Abbot of La Trappe. He published numerous religious works and good topographical accounts of his travels. The letter was addressed to Francis Rawdon-Hastings (1754-1826), 1st Marquess of Hastings, Anglo-Irish peer, soldier and politician, who was styled Earl of Moira,1793-1816. After military service in the American Revolutionary War and against the French in the early 1790s, he turned to a political career, serving as Governor General of India, 1813-23. This copy was formerly in the library of the Marquess to whom the Letter was dedicated, and was subsequently owned by F. E. Smith, later 1st Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930), notable barrister and Conservative politician, holding high office. Its acquisition by Birkenhead may perhaps be dated to 1921-22 as he held the title Viscount (between those of Baron and Earl) only during this period. A handsomely bound copy in red morocco, elaborately decorated in gilt.
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