1st.ed., 1930. Xi + 299 pp., frontis., + 7 other plates & 4 maps. D.j., 23 x 15cm. Torn/frayed d.j., o/w V.G. Signed by the Author Five biographical sketches of naval officers defined as possessing "flights of naval genius"- they are : Lord Howe, Lord Rodney, Sir Sidney Smith, Lord Camelford, and Sir Charles Napier. Each is considered as having possessed the capacity for assuming responsibility on a grand scale and in a manner striking. Howe rose from his sickbed to quell the Spithead mutiny in 1797. Rodney, a gouty ill-tempered officer, broke the French line at the Saints. Smith, at odds with Nelson, stopped Napoleon in his tracks at Acre. Camelford, eccentric and half-mad, was marooned by Vancouver, shot a brother officer dead at Antigua, and was eventually killed himself in a duel ' but an officer of great courage. Finally, Napier, who proved himself a hero in another war ' the Crimean. Signed by the author, Brian Tunstall, was the son-in-law of the celebrated naval historian Julian Corbett.