Navy Records Society, 1st.ed., 1962. Xxxiv + 394 pp., frontis., + 1 other map. Blue/white buckram ; gilt. 23 x 16cm . V.G.+. An interesting selection of correspondence from five Commanders-in-Chief and their subordinates on the South American station between 1807 and 1823. The five officers in command on the station were Sir William Sidney Smith 1807-1809 ; Vice-Admiral the Hon. Michael de Courcy 1809-1812 ; Rear-Admiral Manley Dixon 1812-1815 ; Commodore William Bowles 1816-1819 ; and Trafalgar veteran, Commodore Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy 1819-1823. These important letters cover the high-days of naval diplomacy in South American waters ; an era that finally ended with the Battle of Ayacucho in 1824, setting the seal on the independence of former Spanish America.