The civil war in Portugal, and the siege of Oporto. By a British Officer of Hussars, who served in the Portuguese Army during the Peninsula War.
London, Edward Moxon, 1836.
Large 12mo. (1) f. with advertisements, x pp., (1 f. tipped in), 285 pp., (1) f. with advertisements. Original cloth (spine faded, some damp spotting on covers, front hinge weak). Ownership signature on front free end-paper. Small ink-spot on p. 83, occasional faint staining.
A first-hand account of the liberal victory over reactionary forces in Portugal in 1832. The author had served with distinction in the Peninsula War and, speaking French, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently, when peace was declared he returned to Portugal. “During the subsequent civil wars Dom Pedro offered to appoint Owen his personal aide-de-camp, with the rank of general, but not having the permission of his own sovereign, Owen declined. Owen was a knight commander of San Bento d'Aviz and knight of the Tower and Sword, and had the Peninsular gold cross. Sir John Rennie, who met him in Oporto in 1855, described him as over 6 feet in height, with a determined countenance” (DNB).