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Ashe, Thomas
Memoirs and Confessions of Captain Ashe
London Henry Colburn 1815. First edition. In three volumes. The books are firmly bound in red half-morocco, with gilt lettering and simple decoration to the spines, including the monogram of Mary Hill, Marchioness of Downshire to the top of each spine, the leather is somewhat worn and rubbed, particularly at the bottom of the books and the boards are lightly marked. The text blocks, which are speckled to all edges, are slightly toned with minor foxing, mainly confined to the early and later leaves of each volume. The memoirs of notable soldier, swindler, seducer, extractor of confidences(and mammoth bones), embezzler and friend of Lord Byron(to whom this book is dedicated to, along with the Duke of Northumberland, for extracting him from temporary financial embarrassment), Thomas Ashe. It is a spirited and unabashed read with all the variety of incident one would expect from such a gentleman. Quite rare in trade and commerce, not all that common in libraries, presumably because most copies were passed around and read to death. The Marchioness of Downshire was probably too busy managing her political career, or the complications of her life as a landowner, to waste her time reading such frivolous nonsense, meaning that this copy has survived particularly well. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Jonathan Frost Rare Books Limited [Liverpool, United Kingdom]
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