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SULIVAN, Henry Norton (ed.)

Life and Letters of the late Admiral Sir Bartholomew James Sulivan.

With an introduction by Admiral Sir G. H. Richards.

Published: London: John Murray, 1896

Stock code: 112188

Price: £150

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First edition. Presentation copy from Henry Norton Sullivan, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “From the Editor”; and below this “Given to [Admiral Sir] D. R. L. Nicholson by Lord Sydenham of Combe, 1930”, the latter a prominent defence expert, colourfully described by ODNB as “probably the highest-placed right-wing extremist in British public life” (there is some occasional marginalia, possibly in his hand). This remains the principal published biographical source on Sulivan (1810-1890), who was a lieutenant on the Beagle when she sailed with Darwin to the Galapagos: “[he was] an outstanding officer; his combination of technical and maritime skill, strategic grasp, and organizational power earned him the admiration of all those who served with him” (ODNB).

Octavo. Original navy blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, gilt naval motif on front cover. Photograph portrait mounted as frontispiece, 3 half-tone plates, 8 plans and charts, illustrations in the text. Spine a little rolled, back cover rubbed but a very good copy, with the addenda slip pasted to verso of title page.

Bibliography: NMM, Biography, 1352.

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