Iberia; with an Invocation to the Patriots of Spain, a…

Iberia; with an Invocation to the Patriots of Spain, a Poem. To which is added War an Ode … by GLANVILLE, John.

~ Iberia; with an Invocation to the Patriots of Spain, a Poem. To which is added War an Ode … London: Sold by Messrs. Ebers … Mercer … Westley and Parrish … Richardson … White, Cochrane and Co. … Sherwood, Neely and Jones, 1812.

4to (252 × 206 mm), pp. 16; with stipple engraved frontispiece portrait of Wellington; marginal browning and some spotting, old offsetting (from an earlier binding?) to the final couple of leaves, final leaf chipped in the fore-margin; modern wrappers; old library red inkstamps to title, dedication, and p. 15 (‘Mercantile Library Philad.’).

First edition. Dedicated to the King, ‘Iberia’ and ‘War’ evoke sweeping images of patriotic victories on the battlefield, the banishment of tyrants, and, of course, effusive praise of Wellington: ‘Till Spain’s deliv’rer, glorious Wellington / Sun-like burst forth; arrayed in matchless light, / And Spain’s oppressors seek inglorious flight; / Napoleon’s cohorts flee the chief’s advance, / And seek a shelter back in shackled France … ‘ (p. 8). Jackson, p. 359. WorldCat lists 4 copies only (BL, Cambridge, McGill, Newcastle).

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