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[CROKER, J. W.] Talavera. Ninth Edition : to which are added Other Poems [WITH] Tribute To The Memory of the Rt Hon Spencer Perceval. By a Friend. Second Edition. , Talavera, printed by Harding & White for Murray &c 1812 : and Tribute, printed by Harding & White for the Author 1812.

2 Works-in-1 Vol. Sm.folio, contemporary diced calf with elegant gilt tooling forming Oxford-style rules, a.e.g. Talavera pp[iv] + 110, faint damp-mark across blank upper margins. With engraved portrait of Wellington : and title-page neatly signed John Flyer [??]. Tribute pp[vi] comprising half-title, frontispiece and title + 8pp with two engraved vignettes, blank upper margins with 3cm dampstain not affecting text. Neatly rebacked and recornered retaining original gilt-decorated backstrip, binding a little rubbed in places, but a very good and well-presented stout copy. Rare. The Tribute To Perceval - printed privately for the anonymous Author - not listed in British Library or Library of Congress catalogues. See Cambridge University Library listing only the anonymous 1812 1st Edition. Perceval was Prime Minister at the time of the Battle of Talavera, during the Peninsular War, and was the only British head of government to have been assassinated. The 9th Edition of Talavera is the first to include the additional poems. Talavera was a British victory in the Peninsular War : the other poems here include War Song : Songs Of Trafalgar : To Him Who Despairs Of Spain. This 9th Edition not in British Library, Cambridge University Library or Library of Congress catalogues. The binding-up together of these two works may well be a clue that Croker was the anonymous author of the Tribute To Perceval. Croker was not only appointed to high political office by Spencer Perceval, but he also named his only child Spencer in honour of Perceval, his own good friend and political patron. (Book ref. 9096 )  £ 300.00

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