Holmes, Michael.


Edinburgh, &c., 1st.ed., 1996. Xiv + 306 pp., frontis + 8 other ills & 5 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. With the signature of Colin White (2001) his copy. (Dr. Colin White, 1951-2008, Director of the Royal Naval Museum, author and naval historian). Augustus Hervey (1724-1779) was one of the most colourful naval officers of the 18th century. The author provides a fascinating biography of Hervey’s naval career, his marriage to the notorious Elizabeth Chudleigh, his Parliamentary role, and his philandering among a remarkable number of women. Hervey is described as being brave, intelligent, impetuous and loyal, never shying away from personal danger, he relished the thrill of battle… Admirals Byng and Osborn sought his advice and there is an account of the Battle of Mahon as well as other events in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Africa, and at the Admiralty. In later life Hervey inherited the title Earl of Bristol.

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