London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1809. THIRD EDITION, First in octavo. Octavo, pp.; xx; 388; 136; . With two folding maps, each with hand-coloured marches and battle positions, as well as a large appendix with letters, etc. In later horizontal-grained brown calf boards, recently re-backed in brown calf with gilt titles to red label and elaborate gilt decoration. Mottled green endpapers. Repairs to map joins. Some wear to fore-edges, otherwise very good indeed. Sir John Moore (1761-1809) commanded the British army in the Iberian peninsula while the three senior Generals, including Wellington, were back in London to give evidence for the Inquiry into the Convention of Cintra during 1808-09. In January 1809, while embarking his vastly out-numbered forces onto transport ships at the Galician port of Corunna, Moore was forced to defend his position from an attack by Marshal Soult. Though Moore himself was mortally wounded by cannon shot, the retreat was a strategic success, and Soult even honoured his grave in the ramparts with a monument. Written by his younger brother, James Carrick Moore, this third edition follows two quarto editions from the same year. Item #47954
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