1st.ed., 1898. Ix + 511 pp., port. frontis. Contemporary blue half-morocco ; gilt lettering to spine with a rich pattern of flowers within gilt diamonds ; raised bands ; marbled boards, endpaper & all edges. Bound by Mudie. 22 x 14cm. Extremities a little rubbed but hinges & joints firm & sound ; binding bright & internally very clean with only the slightest foxing. V.G.+. The biography of Admiral Sir Astley Cooper Key (1821-1888), son of the famous surgeon Charles Aston Key (1793-1849). Astley entered the Royal Navy in 1833 and made lieutenant in 1842. He was wounded at Obligado in 1845 and promoted to commander the same year. He fought in the Crimean War of 1854-55 and commanded a battalion of the Naval Brigade at the capture of Canton in 1857 during the war with China. A rear-admiral in 1866 he became director of the new department of Naval Ordnance until 1869 when he was appointed superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard, and later at Malta Dockyard where he also served as second-in-command in the Mediterranean. In 1873 Astley Cooper Key became president of the newly organized Royal Naval College. He was made a vice-admiral and a KCB in the same year. In 1876 he was appointed c-in-c on the North American and West Indian station, becoming a full admiral in 1878. In the following year he reached the peak of his career by becoming First Lord of the Admiralty. Cooper Key was considered by many in the Service to be one of the most brilliant admirals in Victoria's Navy. SCARCE.