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The Annual Register, or a view of the History, Politics, and Literature, for the year 1778.
Printed for J. Dodsley, London 1779 - 8vo, pp. iv, 160, *161-236*, 161-274, *275-282*, 275-334, [2], 245, [11]. Untrimmed in original quarter sheep, blue paper boards, spine lettered in gilt. Some light staining. Spine rubbed and worn, bottom compartment defective and top compartment partially so, joints cracked but cords strong, boards stained, but an unsophisticated and perfectly sound copy. Armorial bookplate of John Manley to front pastedown. Manuscript annotations by him completely filling 5 pages of endpapers with an additional four lines on front pastedown. The initial owner of this copy was John Manley (d. 1801), a barrister of the Middle Temple. The Annual Register for 1778 omits mention of the Battle of Ushant, fought in July of that year, which ended indecisively and caused political turmoil in France and England, and Manley was driven to correct this error in his copy, writing 'nothing shews the partiality of the compilers of this register so strongly as their omitting to take notice of the above transaction both in the historical part & in the chronicle' Manley goes on to further criticise the volume's editors and provide more details about the battle; he furthermore supplies a 'List of the Fleets in the Engagt. on 27 July 1788', including ships, captains, and number of guns, as well as a list 'of the Killd and Wounded in the Action, and reproduces Admiral Keppel's letter claiming victory (Keppel resigned and was court-martialled as a result of the battle). Manley also compares the Battle of Ushant to the Battle of Saintes (April 1782), a subject about which he had some personal knowledge as his younger son Isaac George Manley (who had sailed with Cook) served in that battle under Lord Rodney. ESTC T212986. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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