Being the Biography of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Keyes of Zeebrugge and Dover.London: The Hogarth Press, 1951 Stock Code: 118288
First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Elizabeth, this memory of her wonderful father, with love from Cecil Aspinall Oglander, Oct 1951" on the initial blank, with the publisher's printed compliments slip ("Sent at the author's request") laid in. Elizabeth has annotated two pages (8 and 441) in the book, the first identifying one of the author's sources for a reported remark of Keyes's, the second correcting to transcriptions of letters sent by Keyes's son, Geoffrey. This copy also contains a laid-in typed letter signed from Elizabeth, dated 1970 on the family's Tingewick House letterhead, offering a lengthy refutation of a claim in the Sunday Times Magazine that the Zeebrugge Raid of April 1918, the event with which Keyes's name is "forever linked" (ODNB), was a failure; Keyes also served in the Boxer Rebellion and the Gallipoli Campaign (which he helped organise), and was commander-in-chief, Mediterranean station (1925-8), and Portsmouth (1929-31), his final posting. Aspinall-Oglander (1878-1959) served on the general staff in India and in retirement became a military historian, writing the official account of British involvement in Gallipoli.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt on dark blue ground. With dust jacket.
Portrait frontispiece, 7 photographic plates, 2 illustrations and 5 sketch maps to the text.
A hint of rubbing to extremities. A very good copy in the chipped and rubbed dust jacket with extensive tape-repair verso.
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