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The Complete Navigator:
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme [5 others, all London]; A.Constable and Co., Edinburgh,, 1810. or, an easy and familiar guide to the theory and practice of navigation, with all the requisite tables. Second Edition, Improved. Octavo (206 x 123 mm). Mid-19th century red morocco, gilt-banded spine with gilt ship motif in top compartment, two-line gilt border on sides, top edges gilt, prettily gilt-tooled turn-ins, drab blue-grey endpapers. 7 engraved plates (including illustrations of Hadley's quadrant, a sextant, & azimuth compass), diagrams in the text. An excellent copy with the half-title. Second edition, originally published in 1804; there was an American edition published at Philadelphia in 1807. With a very fitting provenance: from the library of Admiral Robert Dudley Oliver (1766-1850), with his armorial bookplate and ownership inscriptions at head of title page (dated 1812). "He entered the navy in May 1779, on the Prince George, flagship of Rear-Admiral Robert Digby, and in her, during the early months of 1780, was shipmate of Prince William, later William IV. Remaining in the Prince George, Oliver went to North America in 1781, and later to the West Indies, where he was present in the operations before St Kitts in January 1782 and at the defeat of the French fleet off Dominica on 12 April. After further service in North America and in the channel, Oliver was promoted lieutenant on 21 September 1790, and in 1793 was lieutenant of the Active in the North Sea; in 1794 he was in the Artois with Captain Edmund Nagle, and after the capture of the Révolutionnaire on 21 October he was promoted commander, taking seniority from the date of the action. In 1795 he commanded the sloop Hazard on the coast of Ireland, and on 30 April 1796 was posted to the Nonsuch, guardship in the Humber, which he commanded until February 1798, when he was appointed to the Nemesis (28 guns), going out to Quebec with a large convoy. In March 1799 he joined the Mermaid (32 guns), in which he went to the Mediterranean, and after a successful commission brought home Lord Hutchinson from Egypt in July 1802. On the renewal of the war he was appointed in March 1803 to the Melpomene (38 guns), which, during the next two years, was on the coast of France... [it then] joined the fleet off Trafalgar the day after the battle, and helped to tow off the prizes. Oliver was then appointed to the Mars (74 guns), made vacant by the death of Captain Duff; he commanded the ship on the coast of France until September 1806. In May 1810 he commissioned the Valiant (74 guns), in which, in 1813?14, he took part in the operations on the coast of the United States" (ODNB). "The Admiralty also selected some outstanding officers to join [Admiral Sir John Borlease] Warren's flag, notably Rear-Admiral George Cockburn and Captain Robert Dudley Oliver, released from a critical role when the French lifted the siege of Cadiz on August 25 [1812]" (Hickey & Clark, The Routledge Handbook of the War of 1812, 2016, p.40. Decidedly uncommon with such an arresting provenance and handsomely bound: Copac locates copies at ten British and Irish institutional libraries, OCLC adds another 14 worldwide.
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