CAMPERDOWN, Robert Adam Haldane Philips Duncan, 3rd Earl of.
First edition, uncommon. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “Gwendoline Jellicoe from Camperdown (the Author). 11 September 1915”. A very appealing provenance: Gwendoline Jellicoe was the wife of Admiral Jellicoe, and this would have been presented to her while he was on active service with the Grand Fleet. After more than a century this remains the standard biography of one of the great British naval heroes: “Duncan’s reputation for coolness, courage, and daring was well deserved… His care for his seamen earned their gratitude and affection, his courage and endurance their respect. One sailor wrote of him after Camperdown ‘They can’t make too much of him. He is heart of oak'” (ODNB).
Octavo. Original blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, black coated endpapers. Photogravure portrait frontispiece of Admiral Duncan, 2 further photogravure portraits (one with torn tissue guard), plan of the action off Camperdown. 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). A very good copy.
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