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A sketch of the comparative beauties of the French and Spanish languages. Preceded by introductory remarks by Alfred Elwes, Esq.37, [3(blank)]p., family coat of arms on title-page, London: Trübner & Co., 1859.Bound with:IBID. A sketch of the comparative beauties of the French and Spanish languages. Second and concluding part, being an answer to the Press. 60, [4 (Opinions of the Press)]p.,family coat of arms on title-page, London: Trübner & Co., 1860.Bound with:IBID. Rulers and Peoples; or thoughts upon government and constitutional freedom 50, [2]p.,family coat of arms on title-page, last leaf a blank, London: Trübner & Co., 1861. 3 works in 1 volume
1818. 8vo (205 x 130mm.) contemporary Burgundy morocco, elaborately decorated in gilt with a central lettering panel enclosed by borders of simple rules, roll tools, elaborate corner pieces and swags, spine decorated in six panels, extensive inscription lettered in gilt on a large morocco label on the front free endpaper, all endpapers, including a pair between each of the three volumes, in watered silk, green silk marker A remarkable and eccentric 'Gesamtkunstwerk' by the author. In his 'Introductory Remarks' to the first work, Alfred Elwes (1818-99), 'author of various works on Philology and Belles Lettres' (including some books for boys) informs us that the author is 'a soldier, and a scholar' and we know from other sources that he claims to have taught Spanish widely in England, the USA, France and Germany. In what seems to be his first publication in London published in 1832 (Palau lists nothing under his name) Martinez de Morantin describes himself as 'Spanish commander of the column of Rifles belonging to the district of Tudela, in the province of Navarra in the years 1822 & 1823, who is now a refugee in England'. This must mean that he had fought in the royalist war. From the tone of the views expressed in the third work in this collection, he would not have fought on the repressive royalist side and he became therefore a Spanish exile in London, remaining here for the rest of his life. From his advertisement we know that he lived in 1860 at 3, St. George's Terrace. Lonsdale Square, Islington, and from the dedication we know that A. Parisot had been a pupil of Marti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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