Military Memoirs of Four Brothers . . engaged in the service of their country, as well in the New World and Africa, as on the Continent of Europe. By the Survivor.
London, William Sams, 1829.
8vo. xi, 275 pp. With 8 engraved plates. Original cloth (extremities rubbed, spine faded), original paper label on spine. Some very occasional spotting & foxing on margins of plates, otherwise a fine copy.
First edition and presentation copy from the "author and surviving brother" to - Price Esq. Of the four brothers, John, saw active service in the Mediterranean. Another, Robert, took part in the capture of the Cape of Good Hope under the command of Sir Home Popham, and then set sail for Buenos Aires which they seized, but were subsequently defeated by the Spaniards. On the way out the convoy put in at Salvador in Brazil, of which he gives an amusing account and which he described as being very beautiful, and on their return they called at Recife and Olinda . He later served in the Mediterranean, in the Peninsula, and in France after the battle of Waterloo. Though from a British point of view the occupation of Buenos Aires was a minor episode, in the Río de la Plata it had far reaching consequences. As a result the Creoles in particular of the region tasted power, discovered their strength and acquired a sense of identity.
Naylor 30, "contains material on the British actions in the Rio de la Plata area, 1806-7." Sabin 48968. Mendelssohn I, p. 543. Not in Borba de Moraes.