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O'Neil, Lieut. Count Thomas.

A CONCISE AND ACCURATE ACCOUNT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SQUADRON UNDER THE COMMAND OF REAR ADMIRAL SIR SYDNEY SMITH, K.S. &c In Effecting the Escape of the Royal Family of Portugal to the Brazils, on November 29, 1807; And Also the Sufferings of the Roya

Printed by J. Barfield for the Author: London. 1810. 9 x 5.75, half leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering on spine, vi, 89 pp. Ex-lib with later replacement covers, endpapers and blank pages, lacking frontis, ex-lib with later replacement covers, endpapers and blank pages, lacking frontis, shelfworn especially corners and spine tips, light rubbing to covers, leather scuffed/scraped, front inner hinge cracked, scattered light spotting and staining, a few pages roughly opened, a few tiny edge tears, couple of creased corners, last page torn and archivally repaired else good condition. The British sent six vessels to "assist their old friend and faithful ally" to escape from the invading army "of the perfidious Corsican." They protected 14 Portuguese ships and about 30 "merchantmen." The royal family left the same day that Napoleon's army under General Junot reached the capital. Very good details of Rio de Janeiro: people, climate, flora and fauna, coffeehouses, etc. After stopping at that city O'Neil also visited Bahia, usually called St. Salvador where he and several officers had a fantastic dinner at the "magnificent town residence" of Pedro Francisco Gomes. They had a three course dinner, the first two courses being mainly different varieties of meat with some vegetables, side dishes of meat, the third course being dessert of different types of tropical fruit. As for a beverage ". . . Each was supplied with a bottle of port and madeira; a slave attended each person . . . " At the end of the repast 30 slaves removed all that was left on the table. This later edition contains the descriptions of "Janeiro" etc. which did not appear in the first ed. SECOND ED.

Book Id: 97-7490

Price: $850.00

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