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ROCHEFORT - A VOLUNTEER.

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
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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".

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Description

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.

Condition

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.

Bibliography

ESTC T40751.

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