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HENRY, Walter.
Events of a Military Life: Being Recollections after Service in the Peninsular War, Invasion of France, the East Indies, St. Helena, Canada, and elsewhere.
London: William Pickering, 1843. 2 volumes octavo (189 x 113 mm). Contemporary half calf by H. Gotelee of Odiham - tickets to front pastedowns - marbled boards, red morocco labels, compartments formed by rules in gilt and blind, blind rules to the corner and spine edges, edges sprinkled dark red. Just a little rubbed, light browning, some foxing particularly front, back and to fore-edge, overall very good in an attractive provincial binding, Gotelee is recorded in the British Book Trade Index as "Printer, Bookseller, Bookbinder, Paper-hanger, insurance agent and perfumer". First UK edition; this uncommon, lively and engaging autobiography was originally published in Canada as Trifles from My Portfolio in 1839. A native of Donegal, Henry studied medicine at Glasgow, St. Thomas', Guy's and St. George's. In 1811 he qualified as a regimental surgeon and joined the 66th in the Peninsula, seeing action at the Siege of Badajoz and the Battle of Vittoria; "Particularly useful for army medical services under Wellington" (Bruce). Subsequently he served with the 1st battalion for two years in India, and was involved in the invasion of Nepal. In 1817 he proceeded with the battalion to St. Helena where he remained until the death of Napoleon, whose post-mortem he attended and an account of which is given in the second volume of the present memoir. In later life he was to become medical inspector general of Canada, where he died in 1860. Ownership inscription of "Harrison Wayne, The Manor House, South Warnboro[ugh]" to the front free endpaper of volume I, Capt. Thomas Harrison Wayne serv … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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