(NAVAL.) BRIGGS, Sir John Henry.
Naval Administrations 1827 to 1892.
The Experience of 65 Years. Edited by Lady Briggs.
First edition, uncommon. Presentation copy from the editor, inscribed on the front pastedown endpaper: “To Dear Adml Sir John Jellicoe KCVO, Gartmore 1908”. The author, Sir John Henry Briggs (1808-1897), was the eldest son of the naval administrator Sir John Thomas Briggs. 1908 was an important year for Jellicoe, because his work in Whitehall “helped to secure the naval programme of 1908–9, when eight battleships were ordered. These ships made a vital difference, winning the naval race and providing a numerical edge at Jutland” (ODNB).
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Octavo. Original red cloth, gilt lettered spine. Heliogravure portrait frontispiece of the Duke of Clarence, double portrait on title page of Sir John and Lady Briggs, 7 other heliogravure portraits. From the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), commander of the Grand Fleet at Jutland (31 May – 1 June 1916). Spine sunned and worn at extremities, covers a little used, a couple of gatherings a little proud.