Manuscript diaries of Baron von Spörcken, serving with The King's German Legion and the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars, 1804-10.

4 volumes.

Densely written in German, French, and English, with entries dating from January 1804 to July 1810 in both German and Roman scripts.

Von Spörcken offers detailed descriptions of daily life in upper class military surroundings including mention of dinner parties, theaters, court marshals, executions, etc., written both from on land and onboard ship.

Vol. I
Octavo. Full vellum, with flap. 176 pp. Entries dating from January 1804 to June 1804, most in German. Binding worn and stained. Entries to approximately 50 pages significantly faded and thus virtually illegible.

Vol. II
Octavo. Full mid-tan leather. 250 pp. Entries dating from June 20th 1804 to November 1805 in both German and English. Binding somewhat worn; minor loss to head and tail of spine.

Vol. III
Octavo. Marbled boards. 190 pp. Entries dating from February 1806 to August 1806, in German. Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; joints splitting.

Vol. IV
Small quarto. Full vellum. 168 pp. Entries dating from 1808 to 1810 written from Bexhill, Sussex; Lisbon Portugal, etc., in both German and French. Binding slightly worn and quite soiled.

With several small drawings within the volumes.

Together with:
A printed Permit allowing "the Bearer hereof ... in the First Batallion of the Line of the King's German Legion, to pass from hence to ... on Duty, and return to his Quarters on or before ... "

Minor internal wear and browning.

Von Spoercken was possibly related to Friedrich von Spörcken (1698- 1776), a noted Field Marshal and Commander General of the German troops under the King of England, or his brother Moritz August Freiherr von Spörcken (1711-1765).

"The King's German Legion ... was a British Army unit of mostly expatriated German personnel during the period 1803–16. The legion achieved the distinction of being the only German force to fight without interruption against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. The legion was formed within months of the dissolution of the Electorate of Hanover in 1803 and constituted as a mixed corps by the end of 1803. Although The Legion never fought autonomously and remained a part of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars (1804–15), it played a vital role in several campaigns, most notably the Walcheren Campaign, the Peninsular War, and the Hundred Days (1815). The legion was disbanded in 1816. Several of the units were incorporated into the army of the Kingdom of Hanover, and became later a part of the Imperial German Army after unification in 1871." Wikipedia.

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