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JAMES, William.

A Reply to A Brief Statement

arising out of a passage contained in the third volume of James's Naval History of Great Britain, on the conduct and character of Lord William Fitz-Roy, in the year 1805.

London: Printed for the Author, and sold by J. Bigg, 1824 Stock Code: 126874
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First edition. The third volume of James's great naval history had been published in 1823. Lord William Fitzroy, outraged at James's account of his actions as commander of HMS Aeolus in 1805, and at James's condemnation of Fitzroy's decision not to engage with the French frigate Didon, published a bitter rebuttal. This is James's equally bitter counter attack, a justification both of his argument, and of his aims to write for the public interest, not to appease the sensibilities of distinguished naval figures. A very rare tract, with Library Hub listing a single copy in Britain, with WorldCat listing another in the US.

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Octavo (205 x 129 mm). Recent blue cloth, paper labels to spine and front cover.


Contemporary shelf mark and gift inscription to title page, the latter cropped. Spine label pealing, very faint soiling to initial and final leaf. A very good copy/


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