Mackenzie, George.


Printed for the Author, 1st.ed., 1821. Xvi + 364 pp., engrv. frontis., engrv. title-page, 2 other engrv. plates, several woodcut head-pieces & engrv. vignettes. Full contemporary black calf ; richly gilt-tooled spine in five compartments, raised bands ; lavishly gilt-tooled border to boards; inner gilt dentelles ; marbled e.p's & all edges. 18 x 11cm. Small scuffs to rear board ; closed tear in top compartment of spine ; a little neat restoration to joints & spine (barely visible) ; frontis laid down o/w a clean bright copy in a Fine Binding and V.G. Inscribed "From the Author ' Febry. 1825" under which a manuscript note reads : "The above is the hand writing of my Grand Mother's friend Mrs. Stratford Canning, Aunt of George Canning. She died at Windsor in 1831 ' aged 73." Armorial bookplate of J. H. Mackenzie, a relative of the author and the recipient of this presentation copy. Published a few years after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the author had the idea of drawing up a summary of the various "brilliant and glorious Battles and Events in which the Arms of Great Britain by Sea and Land shone so conspicuously." The book begins with an impressive 'List of Subscribers' from the King (who ordered 6 copies) downwards, including many leading naval and military officers. This is followed by a 'Calendar' for each month of the year, covering the years 1793 to 1815, divided into 'Obituary' and 'Events, Battles, &c.' Then comes the main part of the book, packed with information on the Royal Navy, Army, political and civil departments. Includes a 'Navy List' for Flag-Officers, Captains and Commanders. A 'Royal Marine' List. An Hon. East India Company 'List'. A List of Public Departments connected with the Navy. Navy Estimates for the Year 1820. Naval Pay & Salaries from the First Lord of the Admiralty downwards and including Royal Naval College Portsmouth, Naval Dockyards, etc. List of Naval Peers from 1632 to 1820. Lists of Naval, Military & Civil holders of various awards and honours. List of the House of Commons. List of Sovereigns and Princes of Europe. Miscellaneous naval articles. List of Ships in the American Navy. Details of the Royal Navy Hospital at Greenwich, the Naval Asylum at Greenwich, the Marine Society etc. Sketches of Lives including Admiral Lord Nelson. Plus many other items of interest including data, lists, anecdotes, etc. Engravings include an attractive title-page, and Nelson's monument in St. Paul's. A particularly Fine Binding Presentation Copy from the Author, inscribed by George Canning's aunt, with bookplate of a member of the Author's family. SCARCE.

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