Memoirs of Admiral The Right Hon. The Earl of St. Vincent.London, Richard Bentley, 1844 Stock Code: 122266
NotesFirst edition, compiled from the papers of St. Vincent's personal secretary, Benjamin Tucker (1762-1829) by his son, Jedediah Tucker. John Jervis (1735-1823) ran away to join the navy at the age of 13, entering as an able seaman aboard the 50-gun Gloucester in January 1749. He swiftly rose through the ranks and was made admiral of the blue on 1 June 1795 and appointed to command the Mediterranean Fleet. Jervis earned the title of Earl of St. Vincent for his victory at the Battle of Cape Saint Vincent on 14 February 1797, "the only major battle in which he commanded" (ODNB). Although the battle was not decisive it temporarily deflected a projected Franco-Spanish invasion "and gained its fame largely through the nation's relief at the news of a victory during a gloomy period of the war" (ibid.). Jervis was, however, a skilled military leader and "his importance lies in his being the organiser of victories; the creator of well-equipped, highly efficient fleets; and in training a school of officers as professional, energetic, and devoted to the service as himself. His mind was firm, clear, and decisive" (ibid.). This comprehensive work is uncommon, especially so in the original cloth. This copy has contemporary and knowledgeable pencil annotations in the margins of some 38 pages, correcting and supplementing the information given in the text.
2 volumes, octavo. Original dark greenish-blue fine diaper-grain cloth, vol. I neatly rebacked with original spine laid down, titles to spines in gilt, boards stamped in blind with large scrolled lozenge within double rule frames, pale beige coated endpapers.
Frontispiece portraits with tissue guards, folding letterpress table, and 2 facsimile letters, one of which is folding.
Spines sunned, slight rubbing to extremities, touch of wear to spine ends and gently bumped tips, a couple of scuffs to sides, small ink mark to foot of front board of vol. I, foxing to frontispieces, tiny patch of worming to head of frontispiece of vol. II; else a very good copy.
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