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KEPPEL, Thomas.

The Life of Augustus Viscount Keppel, Admiral Of The White And First Lord Of The Admiralty In 1782-3

Published: London: Henry Colburn, 1842

Stock code: 100784

Price: £500

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First edition and still the major printed source on Viscount Keppel (1725-1786), one of the most interesting British naval commanders of the second half of the 18th century. “Keppel entered the navy in 1735 and five years later accompanied Anson on his voyage of circumnavigation. In 1785 he led a small expedition against Gorée on the West African coast. Commanding the Torbay, he played a notable part in the sinking of the Thesée at Quiberon Bay (1759), and was with Pocock at the capture of Havana (1760). After the notoriously indecisive action against the French fleet off Ushant (July 27, 1778) he became involved in a disgraceful quarrel with Palliser” (NMM).

2 volumes, octavo (216 1345). Near contemporary calf, tan and red morocco labels, spine gilt in compartments, double fillet gilt panels to the boards and foliate gilt roll to the edges, marbled edges and endpapers. Engraved portrait frontispiece by Freeman after Reynolds, table to the text. Half-titles bound in. Eton leaving inscription (dated 1863) on a preliminary blank, inscribed “J de Grey” perhaps John Augustus de Grey, 7th Baron Walsingham, to Peter Blackburn. A little rubbed and some sunning to the boards, binders blanks foxed, off-setting from the frontispiece, light toning, else a very good set.

Bibliography: NMM, Biography, 753:

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