Reminiscences Of Captain Gronow,
Smith, Elder and Co., 65, Cornhill.
Formerly of the grenadier guards, and m.p. for stafford: being anecdotes of the camp, the court, and the clubs, at the close of the late war with france, related by himself. with illustrations.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5 x 7.25 inches. x + [ii] + 245 +  pp. Bound in original half calf over marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised bands and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. Extremities worn and spine rubbed, with title now faint. Some foxing of front flyleaves and plates, with plate edges neatly repaired; otherwise a very good clean copy. Armourial bookplate of Heywood Bright. Illustrated by 4 engraved plates, including frontispiece. First edition of the first of four volumes of the author's best selling reminiscences, which cover his army career in the Peninsular War and the Waterloo campaign and social life in Paris and London. Welsh born Rees Howell Gronow, dandy, duellist, failed politician and successful author, (1794-1865) was educated at Eton, where he was an intimate of Shelley. Commissioned as a Foot Guards officer in 1812, he retired from the army as a captain in 1821, was discharged from bankruptcy in 1823 and briefly served as MP for Stafford after a notoriously corrupt election campaign. He later lived in Paris where he witnessed the coup d'etat of Louis Napoleon in 1851. This copy was owned by Alan Heywood Bright (1862-1941), a Liberal politician who opposed the Boer War and was briefly MP for Oswestry, 1904-06. He later wrote on Middle English literature.
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