The 1732 Spanish expedition against Muslim Oran

Monterroio Mascarenhas, José Freire. Oran conquistado ou relacam histórica, em que se dà noticia desta Praça, da sua conquista, e da sua perda, e restauração, colhida de varios avisos [...].

Lisbon, Oficina de Pedro Ferreira Impressor da Serenissima Rainha N. S., 1732.

4to. 20, (4) pp. Sewn.

 1,500.00

First edition.

Rare work on the Spanish expedition against Muslim Oran. After a survey of the history and geography of Oran (in modern Algeria), the author describes the preparations for the expedition to recapture Oran, enumerates the Spanish leaders, and gives details of the Spanish naval and military attacks on sites in and around Oran in June and July 1732. The captain-general of the expedition was José Carrillo de Albornoz, first Duke of Montemar, who had fought in the War of the Spanish Succession and the War of the Quadruple Alliance; at this time he was viceroy of Sicily. Facing p. 20 is the plan of battle for the Spanish forces. The map on the verso shows the harbour at Oran, the town, and the half-dozen fortresses surrounding it, as well as the position of the Spanish navy during the battle. The final leaf has the legend for the map on its recto, with the verso blank. Freire de Monterroyo Mascarenhas explains in the dedication that he compiled this account from many shorter accounts, because the public was eager to learn about the reconquest. Oran, which was in Spanish hands since 1509, had been captured by the Turks in 1708, while Spain was occupied with the War of the Spanish Succession. Spain held the city from 1732 until 1792, when it suffered a massively destructive earthquake and King Charles IV handed the city back to the Ottoman Empire.

Light waterstaining; a few leaves detached.

Stock Code: BN#49298 Tags: , ,