FISHER, John Arbuthnot, first Baron.
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).
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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.