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Introduction Memoirs General Histories Studies Fiction
This bibliography of books related to the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal, 1808-1814, is based on citations I collected over a decade ago. I've done some cleanup, added some links that may be useful, and increased the total number of entries; there are nearly 500 different titles in 720 editions listed. There are over 200 books with links to their full text online.
The listings are divided into the four categories listed in the links above. This division is my subjective view of the individual books. Fiction (and poetry) is usually straightforward, but "Memoir", which I use in the sense of "first person", is not; here it includes whatever I think reports the personal experience of the author; in the nineteenth century memoir was often used for a mixture of reminiscences by other individuals along with perhaps letters and or journal entries by the subject. My goal for the Memoir category is for it to include books with significant first person content. The distinction between General History and Studies is imprecise.
Mostly books in English are included; there are some translations, primarily from the French. Arthur Conan Doyle thought that the best of the memoirs were written by the French and that Marbot's Adventures were "the first of all soldier books in the world".
Sources include book dealer catalogs (which shows how long ago this project was started), library catalogs, my own modest collections, and works cited by authors writing on the subject. One consequence of this approach is that I have not physically examined all of the entries. I will note as a warning that, for example, Charles Oman's book Wellington's Army contains what one would expect to be an authoritative listing of memoirs; on examination its clear that his citations are often to binding titles or his own abbreviated record of the book titles, and not exactly as they appear on the title pages.
For a notable and relatively recent specialized catalog of rare books on the Peninsular war I note that Maggs Brothers has a beautiful Peninsular War Catalogue 1443 online.
Links that may be available include
Reprints from the various print-on-demand type publishers are generally not included.
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