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1808 - Tableau de l'Espagne Moderne.


BOURGOING, Jean-Francois. Tableau de l'Espagne Moderne. Quatrieme edition. Three volumes. x, 404 pp; 435, [3]pp; 444, 24pp Routes des Postes. A very good copy in most attractive contemporary diced calf, gilt decorated spines with red and dark green morocco labels. Armorial bookplate of Sir William Chatterton, Bart. 8vo. Paris, printed 1807: London, reprinted for John Stockdale, Piccadilly. 1808. ~ First edition in English of Bourgoing’s updated 1807 edition of his Tableau de l’Espagne Moderne. The title calls for an atlas volume, but this seems to have been issued separately, is very rare, and as often is not present here. ‘The publication of a fourth edition of [Bourgoing’s] work sufficiently attests the degree of estimation in which the author’s labours are held among his own countrymen. It is from this improved and enlarged edition, which exhibits a picture of Spain in 1806, and contains many interesting particulars relative to some of the principal actors in the present glorious revolution, that this translation has been executed’ (translator’s preface, I pp. iv–v). Alberich 717; Palau 34062. See Robertson, Los curiosos impertinentes (1992) pp. 178–9. Sir William Chatterton, married Henrietta Georgiana Maria Iremonger in 1824, and the couple spent the early years of their marriage at his home at Castle Mahon, County Cork, Ireland and Winchester with Georgiana’s parents, spending winter months abroad. She began her publishing career in 1837 with a novel and her second book, Rambles, proved popular, reaching a second edition. She continued to publish novels, poems, essays, and translations, as well as two more travel books, Home Sketches and Foreign Recollections (3 vols, 1841) and The Pyrenees, with Excursions into Spain (2 vols, 1843).