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AITCHISON, John]
Armée d'Espagne. Instruction Générale sur la Comptabilité en matières des Gardes Magasins et autres préposés comptables des services réunis. [Spanish Army. General instructions on accounting for quartermasters and other accountants of the armed forces.]
?Burgos: , c.1809. [Spanish Army. General instructions on accounting for quartermasters and other accountants of the armed forces.] Quarto (278 x 200 mm). Contemporary half calf on drab boards, double ruled compartments to flat spine. Tables to the text. A little rubbed, particularly on the spine, the contents, foxed, browned with occasional staining, but overall very good. Presumed first edition of these detailed instructions for the accounting of stores for the French Army in Spain, no other copy traced. This copy with a wonderful provenance having been looted by John Aitchison with his manuscript note to the verso of the front free endpaper - "Taken from the quarters of the Intendant General of the French Army of Spain in the Palace of the Duke of Medina-Coli at Madrid, 16th August 1812, J. Aitchison" - and his ink-stamp to the first leaf, a few pencilled notes to the text. The British Army entered Madrid on 12 August, following a brief and vicious skirmish between a small French reconnaissance party and the cavalry of the advancing Allied forces at Majalahonda/Las Rozas, described by Digby Smith as "a drawn match" (The Napoleonic Wars Data Book, p.385) and by Aitchison himself as an "unfortunate affair" (p.186); "Wellington entered Madrid unopposed next day - vexed that his arrival should have been marred by the untoward business at Majalahonda, 'a devil of an affair' as he described it in a private letter … But the inhabitants of the Spanish capital took little heed of the mishap - the departure of the French was the only thing that mattered. Their enthusiasm was … [Click Below for Full Description]
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