New York: Printed for Ezra Sargeant, 1809. 71pp. Dbd. Light scattered foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM38632
The first English-language edition of Antonio de Capmany's CENTINELA CONTRA FRANCESES, first published in Madrid in 1808 following Napoleon's invasion of Spain and installment of his brother Joseph as king. Don Antonio Capmany y de Montpalau (1742-1813), a Catalan historian, economist, and military officer, is widely noted for his work as a deputy at the Cortes of Cadiz, the Spanish government-in-exile during the French occupation. At Cadiz, Capmany fought to establish freedom of the Spanish press and helped author the first Constitution of Spain (1812). The ANTI-GALLICAN SENTINEL, an impassioned call- to-arms against Napoleon, was widely published between 1808 and 1810 in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, with imprints ranging from London to Lima. This first American and first English-language edition includes a publisher's heated appeal to American readers: "Americans! read it with attention, and learn that your security depends more on a perfect knowledge of [Napoleon's] wily politics, and a firm determination not to be deceived by them, than on the distance which separates you, at present from his infernal grasp" (p.). SHAW & SHOEMAKER 17147.