Portsea : T. Hinton & Co., 80, Queen Street. London : F. Pitman, 20, Paternoster Row. 1st.ed., 1858. 252 pp., engrv. port. frontis + 3 charts & battle-plans (one of Trafalgar). Re-bound in half-calf ; marbled boards ; gilt lettering to spine. 22 x 15cm. Slight foxing o/w FINE. Hercules Robinson (1789-1864), entered the Royal Navy in 1800 as a First Class Volunteer in the PENELOPE, 36, commanded by Captain Henry Blackwood. Robinson was at Trafalgar in the EURYALUS also under Blackwood’s command, and in 1807 was confirmed lieutenant. In 1813 he was sent by the Admiralty on a treasure hunt in Madeira, their Lordships acting upon information received from a foreign sailor. These and other events in the author’s naval career are described here - his rise from volunteer to rear-admiral through the Napoleonic Wars and beyond. He gives an interesting eye-witness account of Nelson’s last battle in 1805 as viewed by a midshipman aboard Blackwood’s frigate, and provides a useful battle-plan of Trafalgar. Fine Binding Copy.