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Navy Records Society, 1st.ed., 1937. Xxii + 501 pp., port. frontis. Blue & white buckram ; gilt ; edges uncut. 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. Ex.Libris, Westfield College, with their bookplate, & presentation label of Prof. B. M. I. White, 1970, (Beatrice Mary Irene White, 1902-1986, was a literary scholar of some renown and was closely associated with the University of London and Queen Mary College. In 1939 she took up a teaching post at Westfield College, London, where she spent the rest of her professional life. For further details of her distinguished career and her many literary and historic publications see her entry in the DNB). Signature of L. R. B. White, 14th January 1937. The correspondence of Robert Blake (1599-1657) who was described by J. O. Thorne as "…next to Nelson, the greatest of English admirals." This important collection of letters is made up as follows : Taunton and Dunster (3 letters and appendix) ; The Pursuit after Prince Rupert (67 letters,12 in appendices) ; Capture of Isles of Scilly and Jersey (19 letters and 7 in appendices) ; First Dutch War (171 letters and 7 in appendices) ; Blake’s Last Cruise (50 letters + 23 Mountagu and 22 Thomas Pointer letters in appendices) ; and finally Fighting Instructions (5 letters). This work remains the most important printed source for Blake’s correspondence and provides a clear insight into his remarkable character and his equally remarkable achievements at sea. A very clean and bright copy.

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