Osler, Edward.


1841. Xviii + 399 pp., engrv. port. frontis., 5 other engravings & a plan (fldg.). Blue blind decorated cloth ; gilt fouled anchor to spine; gilt vignette to front cover. 17 x 11cm. Spine slightly discoloured with a small closed tear ; some foxing to plates as usual ; o/w V.G. Armorial bookplate of John Hope Rogers This biography of Lord Exmouth by Edward Osler (1798-1863), was first published in 1835, this being the second (revised) edition of 1841. Sir Edward Pellew, First Viscount Exmouth, (1757-1833), entered the Royal Navy in 1770 and earned repeated promotion by his gallantry. In 1793, he took the first French frigate of the Revolutionary War, and under circumstances of great bravery, saved the passengers and crew of a transport driven ashore at Plymouth Sound in 1796. In the following year, in company with a second frigate, Pellew destroyed the French 74-gun ship DROITS DE L'HOMME in an action that brought him added fame. Pellew prevented a general mutiny while in command of a squadron in Bantry Bay in 1799 by throwing himself among the mutineers, seizing the ringleader and securing him with his own hands. In 1804 Pellew was appointed C-in-C East Indies, and three years later defeated the Dutch fleet there. He held various other commands in home waters until 1816 when he led a combined fleet and bombarded Algiers on the dey's refusal to abolish Christian slavery. These and other events in the life of one of the Navy's most brilliant frigate captains are graphically described. Contains 6 engravings & a folding plan.

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