The United Service Journal and Naval and Military Magazine. 1833 Part I and Part II. [Including the essay: “On the Invasion and Defence of Ireland”/ The Volumes include for example further essays on: Ireland and the British Army / Naval Operations on the Potomac / Artillery Practice at the Siege of the Citadel of Antwerp / History of the Coldstream Guards / Cavalry Warfare / The Jamaica Station / Siege of Badajoz in 1812 / Military Organization of Belgium / Record of the Services of the twenty-third Regiment / Plan for the suppression of Piracy / The Indian Army / Observations on the Construction and Qualities of the Vernon and Castor and on Naval Architecture in General by Capt.Charles Napier / Remark on the Defence and Invasion of Ireland / On the Defective Discipline of the Merchant Service with Hints for Amending it / Colonies – Their Influence on Maritime and Military Ascendancy / The Crisis of Turkey / Royal Naval School / On the Overland Invasion of India / Reply to Major Gawler on his “Crisis of Waterloo” by Sir Hussey Vivian / Debate on Sir Thomas Troubridge / Memoir on the Defence of Canada in 1833 (with a Map) / Narrative of Captain Ross’s First Voyage of Discovery / Military Establishments of Germany / The Port of Hastings / The Jamaica Station / Jersey, as a Residence for Officers on the half-pay of the Army and the Navy / Military Equipments: Waterproof Cartridges – Sapata – Self-fixing Bayonets / James Toggle – A Tar of the Old School etc. etc.
First Edition. Two Volumes (complete set for the year 1833). London, Published for Henry Colburn, 1833. Octavo. Pagination: Volume I: IV, 596 pages with Index and Diagrams and the large folding map: “Plan of Attack on the Citadel of Antwerp from 29 November to 23 December, 1832, with handcoloured portraits of Marshal Gerard, Baron Chasse and a “View of Scheldt” from Fort Bathz to Antwerp, showing Fort Lille, Fort Bathz, Fort Liefkenshoek, Fort Phileppe, Fort Maria, Plan of City of Antwerp and an excellent birdseye-view of the Antwerp Citadel. / Volume II: IV, 580 pages with Index and Diagrams, illustrations within the text (Capture of the Diamond Rock / Ascent of the Peter Botte Mountain with Lloyd, Phillpotts, Taylor and Keppel showing on ascent and resting in the wall / Depiction and explanation of a Boomerang / Boomarang by Henry Wilkinson !), Folded Plan of “Waterloo Crisis from 7 to half past 8 o’clock and close to the action”/ with the large, folded, handcoloured “Sketch of Part of Upper and Lower Canada with reference to the proposed Military Districts”. Hardcover / Original, publisher’s half leather with gilt lettering and ornament to spine. Both Volumes with only very minor signs of foxing – interior very bright and clean with the map/plan in excellent condition. Pages 3 to 5 and 537 to 540 with some defects. Otherwise in excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. From the library of Edward Westby, Esq. with his armorial bookplate / exlibris to the pastedown of both Volumes.
With an interesting essay: “On the Invasion and Defence of Ireland” and some interesting remarks: “Ireland is at this moment in a state of anarchy and confusion, bordering on rebellion; the laws are openly disobeyed and the power of the legislature appears insufficient to compel the respect due to them…..Ireland has been blessed by Providence with a most productive soil, which yields its fruit almost spontaneously; rivers abounding with fish flow through its valleys and canals, the most splendid in the world, afford a ready means of transporting grain and merchandise; mines of various metals are hid in the hearts of the mountains; quarries of marble, stone and slate exist in various parts of the Island and the climate is mild and salubrious. What then can a people possessing such a country want ? This question has been frequently asked, and a variety of plans proposed for tranquilizing Ireland; and those adopted have merely had the effect of calming for a moment the fearful cries of a starving population. Emancipation, it was fondly believed by the poor, would be the means of providing them with bread, because they were informed so by men, whose interest it was to have the measure carried. In pravte we were told: “give the Catholics equal rights with their Protestant brethren, dissensions will cease and Ireland become prosperous and united……The sufferings the Irish endure, from the positive want of Food to appease their craving hunger, are dreadful. This extreme poverty is not partial but universal; and no idea of their misery and starvation can be formed from a comparison with the English pauper….in Ireland, where no system of Poor-Laws is established, the indigent man’s only hope is the charity of his fellow creatures….”