MAXWELL, W.H. The Life of Wellington. New edition revised, condensed and completed.


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With twelve illustrations in permanent photography, numerous engravings on wood, and plan of the Battle of Waterloo. With occasional in-text illustrations, and a photographic frontispiece portrait of Wellington. London: Bickers & Son, 1889. Octavo. pp. Contemporary full blue morocco. Covers decorated in gilt to a panel design, with the arms of King’s College, Cambridge, Choir School, on upper cover. Spine divided into six compartments by five gilt raised bands; title in gilt direct on second, the remainder ornately tooled in gilt; board edges and turn-ins tooled in gilt; splash-marbled endpapers; prize label on front endpaper; red and gold endbands; red silk marker. All edges marbled. A fine copy.
Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), first Duke of Wellington, Field Marshal, was born in Dublin. In 1787 he was commissioned in the army, M.P. for Trim 1790-1795, and appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1807. He criticised absentee landlords and forbade triumphalist parades on the anniversary of the defeat of the United Irishmen. He suggested that the clergy should be enabled to grant leases of their tithes and should be obliged to reside in their benefices.


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