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LIARDET, Francis.

Professional Recollections of Points of Seamanship, Discipline, &c.

Published: Portsea: William Woodward, 1849

Stock code: 68628

Price: £800

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First edition, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; “To F. J. Anstey, Esquire, with the kindest regards and very best wishes of Mrs. Liardet, and the Author – August 8th 1850.” Liardet entered the Navy in 1809 as a second-class volunteer on board the Mercury. He served in the War of 1812; in the West Indies in the 1820s in command of the schooner Lion in operations against pirates“In her he destroyed several nests of pirates on the coast of Cuba, captured nine pirate vessels, some of their prizes, and a slaver” (ODNB) – and later at Acre with Napier, being made commander for his services commanding Powerful when the admiral was on shore. While acting as agent for the New Zealand Company at Terenaki he was blinded by the accidental discharge of a small field piece. “During his enforced retirement and afterwards Liardet wrote or dictated three books on points of professional guidance for naval officers. In January 1856 he was appointed one of the captains of the Royal Naval Hospital, Greenwich. He died at the hospital on 1 March 1863, and was buried in the mausoleum of the old cemetery.”

Octavo. Original blue embossed cloth, title gilt to the spine and upper board, cream surface-paper endpapers. Coloured plate of signals and one tinted lithographic plate. Tipped onto the front pastedown, and folded, is a single-sheet from E.H. Littleton, Naval and Military Outfitter of Devonport with a printed list of the uniform and equipment required by an “Engineer Student joining the Training College, Devonport.” Rubbed and sunned, rebacked with the majority of the original spine laid down, some scattered foxing, light toning, a very good copy.

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