Memoria justificativa do Marquez d'Alorna.: ALORNA, Pedro de Almeida Portugal, 3º Marquês de]. Memoria justificativa do Marquez d'Alorna.: ALORNA, Pedro de Almeida Portugal, 3º Marquês de].

Memoria justificativa do Marquez d'Alorna.

ALORNA, Pedro de Almeida Portugal, 3º Marquês de].

Published by Hamburg, Na Typographia de F.H. Nestler, (1823)., 1823
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Large 4° (27 x 21.5 cm.), contemporary brown straight-grain morocco (three pinpoint wormholes on upper cover, slight wear to spine), gilt-rolled border on each cover, green endleaves, all text-block edges gilt. Wood-engraved vignette on title page. Light browning. In fine condition. Unsigned presentation inscription to Pedro Gabe de Massarellos, Portuguese consul general in Hamburg, on front flyleaf recto. 26 pp. *** FIRST and ONLY EDITION, very rare, of this defense of the third Marquês de Alorna's conduct during the Peninsular War. The Marquês (Pedro de Almeida Portugal, 1754-1813) held several high military positions from 1801 to 1807, during which time he did what he could to prepare Portugal for the inevitable invasion by French and Spanish forces. When it came in November 1807, Alorna was ordered by his superiors to offer no resistance. Left at the mercy of the French occupiers following the royal family's flight to Brazil, the Portuguese army was converted into a "Portuguese Legion" and sent into Spain and France to fight for Napoleon. Alorna went as well, returning to Portugal in 1810 as part of the invading forces led by Marshal Masséna. For this action, Alorna was convicted in absentia of lèse majesté and sentenced to death, his property was confiscated, and a substantial bounty placed on his head. Alorna later took part in Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of Russia, dying at Königsberg during the retreat.The Memoria describes and defends Alorna's actions, to the extent of crediting him with preserving the Portuguese monarchy by providing the royal family sufficient time to flee to Brazil. It was probably written by, or at the behest of, Alorna's sister, D. Leonor de Almeida, 4º Marquesa de Alorna (1750-1839). A highly regarded poet and patron of the arts, the Marquesa successfully petitioned for the restoration of her brother's honor (and his property). Pages 17-26 print the text of the judicial decision, dated Lisbon, August 16, 1823, reversing Alorna's conviction.*** Innocêncio VI, 181: "documento de que ainda não vi mais que dous ou tres exemplares." Ayres Magalhães de Sepúlveda, Dicionário bibliográfico da Guerra Peninsular I, 38. Not in Biblioteca Pública de Braga, Catálogo do Fundo Barca-Oliveira. Not in Welsh or Greenlee Catalogue. Not in Azevedo-Samodães, Ameal, Avila-Perez or Monteverde. On Gabe de Massarellos, see Innocêncio VI, 409. Not located in Porbase. Not located in Copac. Not located in NUC. Bookseller Inventory # 20112

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Title: Memoria justificativa do Marquez d'Alorna.

Publisher: Hamburg, Na Typographia de F.H. Nestler, (1823).

Publication Date: 1823

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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