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HOLSTEIN, Henri La Fayette Villaume Ducoudray

Memoirs of Simon Bolivar, President Liberator of the Republic of Colombia: and of his principal generals; comprising a secret history of the revolution, and the events which preceded it, from 1807 to the present time.  2 vols.


London, Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.


12mo.   I: xii, 359 pp., with engraved portrait of Bolivar as frontispiece, large folding map of Colombia in facsimile;  II: iv, 308 pp.  Later half calf (extremities rubbed, back cover of Vol. I worn & upper joint starting to split).   Folding map in facsimile, some pencilled annotations.   

 “By a former Napoleonic officer who served with the patriots in New Granada and Venezuela and ultimately left in high disgruntlement.   An often vitriolic source, much favored by Bolivar’s calumniators, but useful if handled with care” (Griffin, Latin America: a guide to the historical literature, 3693).   The author was Bolivar’s ex-chief of staff and gives detailed descriptions of his military campaigns.   He retired to Haiti, where he earned his living by giving piano lessons.   The appendix contains the Fundamental Law of the newly formed Republic of Colombia, other decrees and justificatory documents

Sabin 21069.   Palau 76386.   Alberich 1313.       



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