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Memoirs of the Life of Andrew Hofer; Containing an Account of the Transactions in the Tyrol during the Year 1809.
Author: Hofer, Andreas [Charles Henry Hall, tr.]
Reference #: 1223
List Price: $375.00
London: John Murray, 1820. First English Edition. Octavo. Half-Leather. Near Fine. [xxiii], , 198 pp.; hand-coloured aquatint frontispiece portrait and one engraved folding map. Despite the attribution to Tyrolese patriot Hofer, as stated in the Preface to this English translation of the original 1817 edition (Leipzig), "it has been conjectured, and not without reason, that it is the work of either Baron Hormayr...or of some person in his confidence...". And again: "It may perhaps be said that the time for such a publication is gone by, and that the achievements of Hofer and his companions are forgotten, - but this is not so - ...at all events it is impossible to contemplate the period, however remote, when the struggles of a virtuous and patriotic nation to recover its ancient and legitimate rights, shall cease to interest a free, loyal, and generous people." An interesting account of one element of the Napoleonic Wars. Of the battle of 29 May, 1809 (at p. 116): "As soon as it was dusk the Bavarians collected their whole force behind the town of Innspruck, with the greatest secrecy possible, and after taking the precaution of wrapping the horses fee and wheels of the cannons in hay, to prevent their making noise, they began their march a short time before midnight..." This copy has been beautifully rebound in half-calf, with marbled boards. There is an armorial bookplate on the front paste-down; very light foxing throughout. The frontis portrait remains bright. The fold-out map measures, at the map-face, approx. 29 x 19 cm., and is entitled "A Map of The Tyrol for The History of Andrew Hofer'. It has one marginal closed tear (approx 1 cm.), not affecting the map itself. A very handsome copy.
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