London, England: Printed for the Author: And Sold By Longman and Co., 1815. First Edition. Leather. Very Good. Item #26892
xvi + 303 pages. Portrait frontispiece engraving of John Sobieski, King of Poland by C. Turner; extensive list of subscribers to the book and a list of sources cited at back. Text recalls the events surrounding Sobieski's defense of Vienna against the invasion of Turkish armies. Alicia Tindal Palmer (1763 - 1822) British writer of historical fiction and biography, "...Her last publication was a historical biography, Authentic Memoirs of the Life of John Sobieski, King of Poland (1815), published with a distinguished subscribers' list. The nobility and clergy are well represented, as well as the literary world (Byron and others), the theatrical world (Edmund Kean), women, and book clubs. Sobieski, who lived in the seventeenth century, was a national military hero as well as a ruler; his name had recently been mentioned in parliament in connection with the current fate of Poland. Palmer emphasizes the value of liberty, and the responsibility of those countries, such as Britain, which enjoy liberty, to work to make it more widespread in the world…" (Isobel Grundy in the ODNB) Small, faint previous ownership stamp on the title page of collector Dr. George R. Brush, U.S. Navy; served as a surgeon and medical inspector from 1861-1894. Approx. 6" x 9" size; bound in gold & brown polished marbled paper, with bright red morocco leather corners and spine, simple gilt rules, spine with gilt titles, marbled endpapers to match, top edge gilt. A little edge, tips wear to the binding; in very good condition.