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BEDFORD, F.G.H.

The Life and Letters of Admiral Sir Frederick George Denham Bedford…

Published: Cobham: Printed for Private Circulation, [1961]

Stock code: 50885

Price: £250

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Uncommon, privately circulated memoir, COPAC has BL only, as also OCLC. The Bedford family was associated with the Royal Navy for more than 150 years. The subject of this biography, Frederick Bedford, was born in 1838, the eldest son of Vice-Admiral Edward James Bedford. Frederick passed his entrance examination to the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth in 1852, later that year he was appointed to the steam frigate Sampson joining the ship in the Mediterranean. He was subsequently involved in operations across the globe, beginning with service in the Crimean War; onto the Pacific station, to Tahiti, Pitcairn Island in HMS Shah, torpedo exercises at Honolulu; cruising in the Mediterranean and on the Nile; service on the West African station in the Gambia and Benin expeditions; North America and West Indies stations, a fascinating naval career that spanned 50 years. Frederick reached the rank of admiral and died in 1913. He is best remembered for his three naval handbooks: The Sailors’ Pocket Book, Sailors’ Handbook, and Sailors’ Ready Reference Book. A plaque dedicated to his memory is to be found at the entrance to the Chapel at Greenwich Naval College. This a signed presentation copy inscribed: “William Charles. With best wishes from F. G. H. Bedford. March 14/63”. Loosely inserted, formerly taped to the pastedown, is a two-page autograph letter signed from the author, Gordon Bedford, presenting to the book to William, evidently a young boy “interested in the Navy,” and hoping that he will enjoy this tale of naval life in days that “were very different to what they are today.”

Octavo. Original blue cloth, title gilt to spine. Portrait frontispiece and 5 other plates, illustration to the text. Just a little rubbed, old tape mark to the front pastedown, else very good.

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