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EGERTON, Mrs Fred.

Admiral of the Fleet Sir Geoffrey Phipps Hornby:

A Biography.

Published: Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1896

Stock code: 112183

Price: £75

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First edition. Hornby (1825-1895) “entered the navy in 1837 and commanded the Flying Squadron, 1869-71, and the Channel Squadron, 1871-4. He was on the Board of the Admiralty from 1875 until 1877 when he assumed command of the Mediterranean fleet. Later appointments included: president of the Royal Naval College (1881-2), commander-in-chief at Portsmouth (1882-5), and commander of the Evolutionary Squadron (1885)” (National Maritime Museum). This remains the principal published biographical source on this major figure of Victoria’s navy: “Hornby dominated the navy between 1875 and 1885, and even in his last years remained a major influence on it, through his followers and his successful exploitation of the ‘big navy’ propaganda… Throughout his career he stressed the importance of efficiency, order, and discipline, and he helped to raise standards in all areas. He led the movement that would transform the Victorian navy into the modern service that went to war in 1914” (ODNB).

Octavo. Original navy blue cloth, gilt lettered spine, small coloured stamp of the Union Jack on front cover, plum-coloured endpapers. Photogravure frontispiece of Phipps Hornby as a midshipman, 2 other photogravure portraits. A couple of blemishes to covers. A very good copy.

Bibliography: NMM, Biography, 684.

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