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DE LA GRAVIÈRE, Captain E. Jurien.

Sketches of the Last Naval War.

Translated from the French by the Hon. Captain Plunkett.

Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, London , 1848 Stock Code: 37738
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First edition. Surprisingly impartial account, essentially a life of Nelson, originally published in the Revue des Deux Mondes. Jurien de la Gravière entered the navy in 1828 at 16, during the Crimean War he held a command in the Black Sea; in the Second War of Italian Independence he conducted a close blockade of Austrian ports on the Adriatic; and was in command of a squadron during operations against Mexico in 1861. In 1871 he became director of charts, and remained on the active list until his death in 1892. He wrote a number of naval historical works and was elected to the Académie Française in 1866. The translator, the Hon. Edward Plunkett, was the second son of Lord Dunsany, joining the Navy in 1823. In 1826, while serving as a midshipman in the boats of HMS Sybille, he was involved in a "severe encounter with the pirates of the Grecian Archipelago" (O'Byrne, p. 911). His paper, "The Past and Future of the British Navy" (1846) was "much prized" (ibid.).
Provenance: armorial bookplate (covering a contemporary ink ownership inscription) of Whig peer and MP Charles Crespigny Vivian (1808-1886), 2nd Baron Vivian, whose father Richard Hussey (1775-1842), first Baron Vivian, was the cavalry commander who led the final victorious charge at the battle of Waterloo.

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2 volumes in one, octavo. Original blue-green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, blind ornamental panelling to spine and covers.


With 9 folding battle plans.


Spine faded, light browning to the text block, otherwise a very good copy.


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