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DESBRIÈRE, Édouard.

The Naval Campaign of 1805 - Trafalgar.

Translated and Edited by Constance Eastwick.

Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1933 Stock Code: 145577
£3,500.00
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The Trafalgar Campaign "as it really was".

First English Edition. First published in French in 1907, this is probably the Black Pearl of Nelson collecting. Nothing comparable was ever produced in English. Corbett depended heavily this "monumental work" for his important study of the battle, ".... published under the direction of the Section Historique de l'État-major de l'Armée it contains the first attempt to form a real Staff History of the campaign, and although it makes no pretence of dealing adequately with the unpublished English material, it places us for the first time in a position to see that campaign as it really was. My debt to Colonel Desbrière... is almost beyond recognition." From Corbett's Preface to The Campaign of Trafalgar. Scarce, especially so in such wonderful condition.

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Description

Octavo, 2 volumes. Original black cloth, titles gilt to spines. With the typographical dust jackets.

Illustrations

Photogravure facsimile frontispiece and 6 folding maps and plans in an end-pocket to Volume I, 13 folding maps and plans in end-pocket to Volume II.

Condition

A very good set in like jackets just a touch tanned on the spines.

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