Sketches of the Country, Character, and Costume, in Portugal and Spain, made during the campaign, and on the route of the British Army in 1808 and 1809 … [bound with:] Chronological and Historical Retrospect of the Events of the War in the Peninsula.

London: Printed for John Booth, Duke Street, Portland Square by B.R. Howlett, 49, Brewer Street, Golden Square, 1812.

Price: $3,500.00

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Bradford, William. 53 hand-colored aquatints (40 views and 13 costumes, without an unlisted plate “Toro from the River Douro”) by J. Clark after Bradford. Titles and text in French and English. Text watermarked 1809-10, plates watermarked 1815-16. 1 vols. Folio. Contemporary marbled boards, rebacked in half calf. Bookplate of Charles N. Bancker and signature of J.R. Latimer, Canton, 1832 on bookplate. Abbey Travel 135.3; Colas 421.

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Sometime before 1816, John Richardson Latimer went to Philadelphia to receive training in a counting house, probably that of his uncle, George. George arranged for John and his son, James, to enter the China trade. John made his first supercargo voyage to Canton in 1815.  From that time until 1838 John made regular voyages between China and his home in Delaware, spending most of his time abroad. Profits from his years in China allowed him to retire at the age of forty. In 1838, he and his wife, Elizabeth Caldwell Keppele, moved to an estate known as "Latimeria."  (Winterthur Museum has a small pantry from Latimeria installed adjacent to the Port Royal Parlor.)  During his retirement years, John was elected to the Delaware constitutional convention, served as president of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati, and was a member of the executive committee for the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg.  He died at his home in 1865.