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FISHER, John Arbuthnot, first Baron.


Published: London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1919

Stock code: 108840

Price: £150

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First edition, first impression. With a very appealing provenance: from the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), the victor of Jutland, who “deserves his place alongside the heroes of another age” (ODNB), signed “Jellicoe” on the front pastedown (now a little faint). Jellicoe is mentioned nine times in the index and there are two annotations (possibly in his hand): one at p. 218 where there is a marginal marking and underling in red pencil against a reference to British command of the seas and the Seven Years’ War; and another at p. 229 (in pencil) against Fisher’s remark that “We did not sow the North Sea with thousands upon thousands of mines , as I advocated in the Autumn of 1914” commenting “? Sir J. Corbett [Sir Julian Corbett, naval historian]/ but did not order the mines”. “After the war Fisher published two volumes of dictated memoirs, Records (1919) and Memories (1919). They are not formal memoirs but rather a collection of anecdotes, thoughts on naval subjects, and aphorisms, as well as assorted letters—all of which convey his forceful character” (ODNB).

Square octavo. Original dark grey cloth, gilt lettered spine and front cover. Title page printed in red and black, photographic portrait frontispiece, 12 monochrome plates from photographs. Binding a little shaken, a few marks and light rubbing to covers, scattered foxing, one plate loose.

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