MEMORIALS OF THE PROFESSIONAL LIFE AND TIMES OF SIR WILLIAM PENN, KNT., ADMIRAL AND GENERAL OF THE FLEET, DURING THE INTERREGNUM ; ADMIRAL, AND COMMISSIONER OF THE ADMIRALTY AND NAVY, AFTER THE RESTORATION, FROM 1644 TO 1670.

Penn, Granville.


£400.00




2 Vols., James Duncan, Paternoster Row, 1st.ed., 1833. Vol. I : xvi + 580 pp., engrv. port. frontis., + 1 other engrv. port. plate & an engrvd. device to title-page. Vol. II : 619 pp., engrv. port., engrv. view, table (fldg.) & facsimile (fldg.). Both volumes in contemporary black half calf ; tanned calf title-pieces to spines; raised bands ; gilt; marbled boards ; speckled edges. 22 x 14cm. Some general shelf wear to binding but tight & sound ; some general foxing & offsetting but o/w a clean and attractive set : V.G. Contemporary bookplate of J. G. Barclay (Probably Joseph Barclay [1831-1881], Bishop of Jerusalem born near Strabane, Co. Tyrone, and ordained in the Church of Ireland. He worked among the Jews to convert them to Christianity and became Bishop of Jerusalem in 1879 but his early death out there brought his work to a premature close). The biography of Admiral Sir William Penn (1621-1670) who, after service on the Irish coast, was engaged in the pursuit of Prince Rupert in 1651-52. He later served under Blake in the Dutch War and at the battle off Portland in 1653 ' Penn rescuing Blake and saving the day. At the end of that year Penn was appointed c-in-c of a fleet sent against the Spanish West Indies and although he failed in his attack on St. Domingo he did capture Jamaica. On returning to England he was imprisoned in the Tower, ostensibly for returning without leave, but released a few weeks later when he retired to his estates in Munster where he remained in secret correspondence with the royalists until the eve of the Restoration. At that period he was knighted and made a Commissioner of the Navy. As Pepys's superior officer, he came in for a good deal of abuse in the famous 'Diary'. In 1655 Penn accompanied the Duke of York in the fleet sent against the Dutch and was thought to have drawn up the Duke of York's Sailing and Fighting Instructions for the Battle of Lowestoft that year. This was to be Penn's final service afloat but he continued with the Navy Office to his death. He was also the father of William Penn (1644-1718) the Quaker who founded Pennsylvania.


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