New York: Published at 128 Nassau Street, 1852. First edition. One frontispiece portrait ("L.," from a Daguerreotype by Claudet, London) and three woodcut frontispieces: "Battle of Ofen," "Storming of Mannsworth," and "Battle of Isaszeg." Corners and binding extremities worn and rubbed. Small crack at upper front joint. Additional small crack on edge of front board. Bottom of spine worn away less than 1/4 of an inch. Intermittent foxing and offsetting. Contemporary ink inscription on preliminary blank. Pencil annotations on terminal blank. Still a very good, bright copy. Brown cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Octavo. [v]-x, 184 pp. Item #16148
As stated in the preface, there is a "greatest eagerness to have" the life and speeches of Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894) in permanent form. This work contains a faithful and graphic account of the life of the remarkable Magyar and his various achievements in addition to a thorough, albeit brief, history of the Hungarian War of Independence, by an officer of the army. Kossuth was a Hungarian lawyer, journalist, politician, and Regent-President of the Kingdom of Hungary during the Revolution of 1848-1849. During his lifetime, he was heralded as a freedom fighter and leader of democracy in Europe; Kossuth was also recognized and respected in both the U.K. and the U.S., the latter honoring him with a bronze bust, which is located in the capitol.
OCLC does not record any copies of the first edition. It records two copies of the 1806 edition and three copies of the present edition, two in North America.