First edition of Recollections of a Service of Three Years during the War-of-Extermination in the Republics of Venezuela and Colombia, printed in London in 1828.
Octavo, [two volumes], xv, 251pp, [4pp ads]; vii, 277pp, [2pp ads]. Half title in Volume I. Original boards, cloth spine, labels affixed to each volume but soiled and worn. Uncut edges. Toning to leaf ends, uniform toning to leaves, free of foxing or noteworthy soiling. Previous ownership label on front endpaper of each volume. Housed in custom cloth chemise, title in gilt on spine. (Sabin 14618) Volume I printed by James Whiting and Volume II by C.H. Reynell. A scarce text, with only 6 known copies appearing in OCLC.
The War of Extermination, known as Guerra a Muerte, was a decree by Simon Bolivar authorizing acts of sabotage and murder against Spanish citizens in South America. This work includes conversations with El Libertador, Simon Bolivar, shortly before his death in 1830. Also includes descriptions of travel in Venezuela, Colombia and parts of the Caribbean. Some sources have attributed this text to Francois Raymond Joseph de Pons.