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Memoria justificativa de Manoel Ignacio Martins Pamplona e sua mulher D. Isabel de Roxas e Lemos.

PAMPLONA [CORTE REAL], Manoel Ignacio Martins, Conde de Subserra.

Published by Lisbon, Na Imprensa Nacional, 1821., 1821
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4°, mid-twentieth-century marbled wrappers. Woodcut royal arms of Portugal-Brazil on title page. Remains of older gray wrappers. In very good to fine condition. Early ink signature ("Borges"?) on title page. 71 pp. *** FIRST EDITION of a work containing much commentary on the Peninsula Wars. Also included are references to the Portuguese court at Rio de Janeiro, to campaigns in Austria, Germany, and Russia under Bonaparte, and to the author's service under Louis XVIII. Martins Pamplona (1760-1832) a native of Angra, member of a titled family from that city on the island of Terceira in the Açores, served on the Black Sea under Romanzoff against the Ottomans in the Russo-Ottoman war of 1787-1791, receiving decorations for his valor. He fought under the Duke of York in the siege and taking of Valenciennes in the summer of 1793, and also campaigned in Roussillon from 1793 to 1795. Upon the dissolution of the Portuguese army after the French invasion led by Junot in 1807, he joined the Legião Portuguesa with the rank of colonel, serving at Salamanca, then in Germany and Austria, returning to Portugal in 1810 under Masséna, where for a while he was French military governor of Coimbra. In this pamphlet he defends himself and his wife against accusations of high treason for collusion with the French. Expelled from Portugal, he served with distinction in the Legião Portuguesa in Russia in 1812. Later he served in the French army under Louis XVIII at Gand, and was military governor of Loire et Cher in 1815. Remaining in exile in France until 1821, he returned to Portugal under amnesty, and was thereafter embroiled in the ongoing struggle between the Liberals and the Absolutists, on the side of the more conservative liberals. He had been created Barão de Pamplona by the French during his exile, at some point became a general officer, and was made Conde de Subserra by D. João VI in 1823, in appreciation of his help during the Vilafrancada. Holding various ministerial and ambassadorial posts, the Conde de Subserra was for a time effectively Prime Minister of Portugal under D. João VI. In 1827 he became a vegetarian, supporting animal rights. Dom Miguel had him arrested in 1828 and imprisoned in the Torre de Belem, then in São Julião da Barra and São Lourenço de Bugio. Finally he was transferred to the prison in the fortress of Graça in Elvas, where he died.*** Innocêncio V, 447: calling for 71 pp. plus and additamento of 8 pp.; XVI, 225-6 calling for an additamento with 16 pp., and noting a second edition of 1875 (it is unclear whether of the additamento or the whole work); on the author, see also XVI, 407 and Fonseca, Additamentos p. 300. Porbase locates five copies, all in the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. Not located in Copac. KVK (44 databases searched) locates only the copies cited by Porbase. Bookseller Inventory # 22399

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Title: Memoria justificativa de Manoel Ignacio ...

Publisher: Lisbon, Na Imprensa Nacional, 1821.

Publication Date: 1821

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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