Historical, Military, and Picturesque Observations on Portugal, illustrated by seventy-five ... Historical, Military, and Picturesque Observations on Portugal, illustrated by seventy-five ... Historical, Military, and Picturesque Observations on Portugal, illustrated by seventy-five ... Historical, Military, and Picturesque Observations on Portugal, illustrated by seventy-five ...

Historical, Military, and Picturesque Observations on Portugal, illustrated by seventy-five coloured plates, including authentic plans of the sieges and battles fought in the Peninsula during the late war .

LANDMANN, Lt.-Col. George Thomas.

Editorial: London, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, by W. Bulmer & Co., 1818.
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2 volumes. Large 4° (38.4 x 27.7 cm.), contemporary calf in the neoclassical style by the Viennese binder Georg Friedrich Krauss, all edges gilt, spines and covers richly gilt, covers also tooled in blind, repeated "AST" monogram in gilt on spines, labels in red and green morocco; gilt letter, slightest of bumps to a few corners, but virtually as they came out of the bindery more than 190 years ago. Seventy-six plates in all: 60 hand-colored aquatints (of which 4 are double-page and 7 are folding), 2 of coins colored in outline only, and 14 plans. Internally clean. Described in a penciled manuscript inscription by Maggs Bros., London, ca. 1950 as "a choice copy." The binding was executed for Albert of Sachsen-Teschen (1738-1822), son of Friedrich August II of Saxony, with his "AST" monogram on the spines. Engraved armorial bookplates of Francisco de Saldanha da Gama Ferrão de Castelo-Branco, designed by J.M. Jacquin and engraved by Agry, Paris. (6 ll.), xvi, 607, 203 pp., 20 plates; (2 ll.), xii pp., (1 l.), 293 pp., (1 blank l.), 132, pp., 56 plates. *** FIRST EDITION. Tooley describes this as "the most beautiful illustrated English book on Portugal of the period." Among the seventy-six plates four show tortures of the Inquisition, a dozen or so directly are related to the Peninsular War, and many depict views of architecture and landscapes. The title-page states that the work has 75 plates, but one plate was mistakenly omitted from the list of plates in volume II. Historical, Military and Picturesque Observations was issued in parts from 1813 to 1818 - whether fourteen or fifteen is unclear (see notes in Abbey).Landmann (1779-1854), a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Engineers, served in Spain and Portugal from 1805 to 1812, participating in many important battles of the Peninsular War. He also published Adventures and Recollections of Colonel Landmann, London 1852, and Recollections of My Military Life, London 1854.Provenance: Albert of Sachsen-Teschen (Moritzburg, near Dresden, 1738-Vienna, 1822), of the ancient House of Wettin, son of King Augustus III of Poland (also elector of Saxony), joined the Austrian army in 1759 and in 1766 married the Archduchess Maria Christina, a daughter of the Empress Maria Theresa and Emperor Francis I. From his father-in-law he received the territory of Teschen in Austrian Silesia, and was given the title of Duke of Teschen. After serving in the Habsburg empire in various military and civil capacities, including governor of Hungary from 1765 to 1780, and governor of the Austrian Netherlands until he had to flee Brussels in 1793 in the wake of the French revolution, he retired to Vienna in 1795 to devote himself to the fine arts. His collection formed the basis for the Albertina (a palace next door to the Hofburg originally designed for Manuel Teles da Silva-Tarouca and enlarged for Albert and his wife by Louis Montoyer), which now houses the greatest collection of prints in the world. He was also a bibliophile with exacting standards. Upon his return to Vienna, he sought out as an advisor Adam von Bartsch, curator of the Imperial prints collection and the greatest prints scholar of his age. Francisco de Saldanha da Gama Ferrão de Castelo-Branco was a distinguished Portuguese collector active during the third quarter of the twentieth century. He was the son of Manuel de Saldanha da Gama Ferrão de Castelo-Branco, 9º conde da Ponte. The bulk of his library was sold at auction in Lisbon, 1982. The sale catalogue is one of the twenty or so most important ever compiled in Portugal. The present work, however, was not included in the auction. It was purchased by us much more recently directly from one of the collector's heirs, also a distinguished collector. *** Abbey Travel 140: collation conforms. Tooley, English Books with Coloured Plates (1979) 291. Duarte de Sousa II, 88, nº 398. Dictionary of National Biography (microprint) I, 1163. Ayres Magalhães de Sepúlveda, Dicionário bibliográfico da Gue. N° de ref. de la librería

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Título: Historical, Military, and Picturesque ...
Editorial: London, for T. Cadell and W. Davies, by W. Bulmer & Co., 1818.

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