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The Naval History of Great Britain, from the year MDCCLXXXIII to MDCCCXXII.
London, C. Rice, 1823-5 - 5 volumes, octavo (216 × 130 mm) contemporary burgundy half roan on marbled boards, titles gilt to spines, attractive trophies of arms gilt in the compartments, edges sprinkled red. A little rubbed, light foxing and browning as usual, marginal hygroscopic damping of some of the plates, overall a very good set. Portrait frontispiece to each and 19 other plates and portraits in all, one a folding plate of Trafalgar, 9 maps and plans, 7 of them folding, 2 folding tables and a facsimile. Contemporary armorial bookplates of the Parker family to four volumes. First edition. Brenton served with distinction during the Napoleonic Wars, blockading the French coast and cruizing off the West Indies; "for his distinguished bravery in the attack on a small French squadron under the batteries of St Pierre of Martinique, he was advanced to post rank, his commission being dated back to 13 December 1808, the day of the action. Anticipating his promotion, the admiral, Sir Alexander Cochrane, had appointed him acting captain of the Pompée (74 guns), bearing the broad pennant of Commodore Cockburn, under whose immediate command he served with the brigade of seamen landed for the capture of Martinique." (ODNB) He was on the North American station during the War of 1812, but had no opportunities for distinguished action, and in 1813 went on half-pay; "Brenton then turned to writing, publishing in 1823 his Naval History of Great Britain from the Year 1783 to 1822 As an officer of rank, who had been actively employed during the period of his history, his opportunities of gaining information were almost unequalled " Admiral Sir William Parker is listed amongst the subscribers and there is a quantity of telling pencil marginalia scattered through the volumes and later gift inscriptions to "J. C. Parker from George Parker" dated in 1871, to three of the volumes. NMM, V, 2139. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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