VAN HALEN, Don Juan. Memoirs Of Don Juan Van Halen; Comprising The Narrative Of His Imprisonment In The Dungeons Of The Inquisition At Madrid. And Of His Escape, His Journey To Russia, His Campaign With The Army Of The Caucasus … Second Edition, with Alterations and Additions. London, Henry Colburn, 1830.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary fine olive-green full calf, ornamented in gilt, each spine with two morocco lettering pieces; pp. x, 330; [ii], 366, engraved portrait-frontispiece and two large folding panoramas in aquatint; occasional spotting, but a very attractive set with contemporay engraved armorial bokplates inside front covers..
Van Halen, a Spanish soldier and adventurer can be described as an 19th-century condottiere, who was in charge of a Dragoon Regiment in Tbilisi, Georgia. He fought in the Caucasus campaign in 1820, serving the Armenian prince Valerian Madatov against the troops of Surghai Khan (later replaced by Ashan Khan) in the Kazikoumik region of Daghestan.