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A circumstantial journal Of the long and - ANCELL, Samuel - 1785. 
Liverpool: Printed by J. Schofield, 1785. 152, 145-266, . With engraved portrait frontispiece, folding map and an engraved view of Don Marina's floating batteries. Handsomely bound in contemporary polished sheep, gilt, contrasting red morocco lettering-piece. A fine copy with only the slightest rubbing. Internally clean and crisp, small paper flaw to G1 without loss of sense. Early inked initials to title. The Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83), during the American War of Independence, was an unsuccessful attempt by a joint force of Spain and France to capture the Rock of Gibraltar. Gibraltar had been a de facto British possession since 1704, officially awarded to the British crown under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, and remains so to this day. The four year siege remains the longest ever endured by the British Army. Samuel Ancell (c.1760-1802), English military writer and soldier serving with the 58th Regiment during the Blockade, composed the definitive account of the conflict using letters sent to his brother. The first edition was published in 1774; with the help of subscriptions this extended second edition appeared in 1775. ESTC T162675.. Second edition, with additions. 8vo.
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