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A Narrative of the Proceedings of the British Fleet, Commanded by Admiral Sir John Jervis, K.B. in the Late Action with the Spanish Fleet, on the Fourteenth of February 1797, off Cape St. Vincent's.
London: Printed for J. Johnson,, 1797. At this point in Nelson's career myths began to take hold" Quarto (265 x 213 mm). Contemporary red morocco-grain skiver, smooth spine gilt lettered direct and divided by paired gilt fillets, sides with border of paired gilt fillets, single gilt fillet edge roll, gilt edges, Gloster pattern marbled endpapers. 8 folding engraved plates by Vincent Woodthorpe, showing the different positions of the two fleets during the course of the battle. Binding a little rubbed, a few shallow scratches to front cover, short closed tear at foot of A1, scattered foxing. A very good copy, complete with the half-title. First edition of "one of the most important eye-witness accounts" of Jervis's famous victory (National Maritime Museum), at which Nelson so signally distinguished himself and was afterwards at pains to ensure that his role was emphasized, this book playing a key role in the creation of his legend; this is an attractive, well-margined copy of an uncommon and gripping narrative. "The victory was the fruit of teamwork by a fleet which Jervis had trained to a peak of efficiency. Nelson greatly contributed by wearing out of line, but it is going much too far to call this 'disobedience', or to make him solely responsible for the success of the day. Jervis had previously ordered him to use his initiative in such a case, and he acted in accordance with the admiral's tactical intentions. Nelson's boarding party was the most spectacular moment of the day. To board an undefeated enemy was a bloody and desperate move; for a flag officer to lead in pe … [Click Below for Full Description]
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