A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Fleet, under the Command of Earl Howe,
from the Second of May to the Second of June M.DCC.XCIV.London : 1796 Stock Code: 37734
NotesFirst edition. Uncommon, with two copies only on COPAC, BL and Cambridge, and ten copies listed on OCLC. An extremely intriguing promotional device/guide to the paintings of the Glorious First of June commissioned from Robert Clevely and engraved by "the ingenious Mr. de Poggi". The erratically paginated text consists of the Narrative, itself "derived from the most indisputable authorities", including Appendices of the Officers present, the Orders of Battle of the opposing fleets, and Votes of Thanks; a further Appendix on the French fleet, the Naval Convention and the official French account of the battle; the "brochure" for the two prints - "The Price is Three Guineas - Proofs, Six Guineas - the Pair." - with description; and an impressive Subscribers List, described by the Monthly Review as "A very honourable subscription..." Interestingly, the two other copies of this item encountered by this cataloguer were in near identical bindings to this, one with the ticket of just Walcher, the other with Kalthoeber's ticket.
Quarto (275mm x 225 mm). Contemporary red straight-grain morocco by Staggemeier & Welcher, raised bands, titles and ruling to compartments gilt, frames to boards gilt, all edges gilt, green watered silk endpapers.
Engraved frontispiece of Britannia reclining atop the globe by Thomas Kirk, folding battle plan at the rear.
Binder's ticket and modern bookplate to verso of front free endpaper. Lightly refurbished with expert restoration to spine ends and joints, slight damp mark at foot of frontispiece, a few sporadic minor interior blemishes. A very nice copy.
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