Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson (Signed copy)
Both volumes signed and dedicated by Peninsular War officer and military historian W F P Napier
Fourth edition. Hardback in two volumes (complete). Bound in full leather with gilt decoration, five raised bands and contrasting title label to spine. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Each 22.5 × 14cm. Volume 1: xxvi348pp, volume 2:384pp.
These books have been signed by William Napier to his daughter, Emily Anne, to the ffep of both volumes, "Emily Anne Napier, from her affectionate Father, Wm Napier". William Francis Patrick Napier (1785–1860) was an Irish solider in the British Army. He served in the Peninsular War, taking part in the retreat to Corunna, the forced march to Talavera, he was wounded at Cazal Nova and was present at the Storming of Badajoz. He commanded the 43rd Regiment at Salamanca and was successful in securing the most heavily fortified part of Marshal Soult's position at the Battle of Nivelle. After his military service he became a military historian, publishing his seminal History of the War in the Peninsular between 1828 and 1840. HIs daughter Emily was born in 1816.
Full title: Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson, Governor of Nottingham Castle and Town, Representative of the County of Nottingham in the Long Parliament, and of the Town of Nottingham in the First Parliament of Charles II etc, with Original Anecdotes of Many of the Most Distinguished of his Contemporaries, and a Summary Review of Public Affairs: Written by his Widow Lucy, Daughter of Sir Allen Apsley, Lieutenant of the Tower, etc. Now first published from the original manuscript by the Rev Julius Hutchinson. To Which is Prefixed the Life of Mrs Hutchinson, Written by Herself, A Fragment.
Lucy Hutchinson's memoir of her husband, Colonel John Hutchinson (1615–1664) an English politician who sat in the House of Commons of England from 1648 to 1653 and in 1660. He was one of the Puritan leaders, and fought in the parliamentary army in the English Civil War. As a member of the high court of justice in 1649 he was 13th of 59 Commissioners to sign the death-warrant of King Charles I. Although he avoided the fate of some of the other regicides executed after the Restoration, he was exempted from the general pardon, only to the extent that he could not hold a public office. In 1663, he was accused of involvement in the Farnley Wood Plot, was incarcerated and died in prison.
Both volumes have frontispieces, and there is a folding manuscript fascimile, folding plan of Nottingham Castle and folding genealogical table.
Good condition only. The leather is bumped and rubbed with some small marks and abrasions to the boards and a 3.5cm loss from to head of the spine to volume 2. The front joint of volume one is starting to weaken but the inner bindings are secure. Scattered foxing throughout, and a tobacco odour to both books (this will diminish). Overall a good set, with Napier's signature being quite scarce.