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NAPIER, Sir Charles, Vice-Admiral.

The History of the Baltic Campaign of 1854.

From Documents and other Materials furnished by... Edited by G. Butler Earp.

1857 Stock Code: 46874
£650.00
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Notes

First edition. Napier's apologia for the Naval conduct of the Crimean War. Napier directed the blame at the Admiralty, whilst most looked to him blaming "...his capricious humour or want of nerve, which - there were people who said - had been destroyed by too liberal and too long continued potations of Scotch whisky; while others referred to his own words: 'Most men of sixty are too old for dash and enterprise... When a man's body begins to shake, the mind follows, and he is always the last to find out.'" (DNB) A very sharp copy, uncommon thus.

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Description

Octavo, original Navy blue wavy-grained cloth with title gilt to the spine, blind panels to the boards and Admiralty fouled anchor device gilt to the upper board.

Illustrations

Errata slip tipped in at the title page. Armorial bookplate

Condition

Light shelf-wear, very mild foxing, mainly at the fore-edge, front hinge just a touch cracked, but overall an exceptionally nice copy.

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