A Genuine Account of the Late Grand Expedition to the Coast of France.
under the conduct of the Admirals Hawke, Knowles, and Broderick, General Mordaunt, &c. By a volunteer in the said expedition.[London]: for R. Griffiths, 1757 Stock Code: 143876
First edition of this anonymous contemporary narrative of the failed British expedition to capture the French Atlantic port of Rochefort in 1757. The Army Commander Sir John Mordaunt was court-martialled for it, and although he was ultimately acquitted, his mission was judged to have been poorly planned.
The expedition cost approximately a million pounds and was likened by politician Henry Fox to "breaking windows with guineas".
Tall quarto (204 x 130 mm). Late 19th-century blue-green pebble-grain cloth-backed drab boards, titles in gilt to black morocco spine label.
Purple ink stamp of the Russell Institution to title page. A touch of wear to extremities and spine, endpapers and half-title browned, else internally clean; a very good copy.
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