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Account Of A Voyage Of Discovery To The West - HALL, [Captain] Basil (1788-1844) - 1818. 
London: John Murray, 1818.. FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO A NATIONAL HERO. Quarto, pp.xvi; 222; cxxx, (Appendix); , Vocabulary and language comparison; , blank. Includes half-title, hand-colored aquatint frontispiece of 'Sulphur Island', 8 further plates by Havell (7 of which are hand-coloured), 5 engraved maps (2 of which are folding) and 1 technical plan. In a contemporary binding of black half calf over marbled boards, respined to style, drab green endpapers. With presentation note in ink to half title; 'Sir James Alexr. Gordon R.N. K.C.B. (GCB)/ With the author's best Regards'. Contents generally clean with light and occasional spotting and toning. Original boards rubbed, corners repaired, spine unmarked. A most important association; formerly the property of Admiral Gordon (1782-1869), a key sailor of his era and a five-star naval officer appointed Admiral of the Fleet, the highest rank of the British Royal Navy. During an illustrious career at the time of Britain's maritime dominance, he served under Lord Nelson and was directly involved in several major campaigns including the French Revolutionary Wars, The Anglo-Spanish War, The War of 1812, and The Napoleonic Wars. He is cited as the inspiration for C.S. Forester's heroic character Horatio Hornblower and in 1997 historian Bryan Perret chronicled his life and times under the title 'The Real Hornblower' (Pen and Sword Publishing). Gordon fought, commanded and was victorious in numerous major battles and actions including The Battle of the Glorious First of June (1794), Battle of Cape St Vincent (1797), The Blockade of Cadiz (1808), The Battle of Lissa (1811), The Blockade of France (1812), The Raid of Alexandra/Potomac River (1814), The Battle of Baltimore (1814), The Attack on Fort Henry (1814) and The Battle of New Orleans (1815). From 1811 onwards Gordon used a wooden leg as a result of a canonball hit during the Battle of Palagruza, and after the cessation of hostilities he held a number of superior posts including Superintendent of the Naval Hospital at Plymouth, Superintendent of Chatham Dockyard and Governor of Greenwich Hospital. Marking his exceptional and distinguished record, he was appointed Admiral of the Fleet in 1868 and is buried at Greenwich close to the entrance of the National Maritime Museum. An obituary published 3rd June 1869 hailed him as "The Last of Nelson's Captains".
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