THE JOURNAL OF SIR GEORGE ROOKE, ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET, 1700-1702.

Browning, Oscar (Ed.).


£70.00




NRS, 1st.ed., 1897. Xlv + 272 pp., 3 charts, (2 fldg.). Blue/white buckram ; gilt. 23 x 16cm. The scarce 8-page Errata for this work is tipped in. From the library of Westfield College, University of London, presented by the National Central Library in September 1952. With Westfield’s bookplate, presentation & accession labels, plus small rubber stamps. No external markings. V.G.+. Armorial bookplate of Gerald Francis Yeo (1845-1909), physiologist, born in Dublin. Yeo was appointed professor of physiology in King’s College, London in 1874, and in 1877 assistant surgeon to King’s College Hospital but resigned his clinical appointment in 1880 in order to devote his time to physiology and achieved much alongside Professor David Ferrier. He was elected FRS in 1889, resigned his chair at King’s in 1890 and retired to Devon. This journal covers two episodes in the War of Spanish Succession - the expedition into the Sound in 1700, and the attack on Cadiz and Vigo in 1702. Sir George Rooke (1650-1709) supported the Revolution of 1688 and later fought in the Battle of Beachy Head. He went on to fight with distinction at the battles of Barfleur and La Hogue. He saw a great deal of action during the 1690s, and was C-in-C of the Cadiz expedition of English and Dutch ships in 1702. Although the operation at Cadiz was a failure, he did destroy French ships and the Spanish Plate fleet at Vigo. This is the first publication of Rooke’s important journal. Subsequently, in 1704, Rooke sailed with Sir Cloudesley Shovel and captured Gibraltar, later engaging a much larger French fleet off Malaga. Gerald Yeo’s copy.


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