MEMOIR OF THE LIFE OF ADMIRAL SIR EDWARD CODRINGTON. WITH SELECTIONS FROM HIS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE. EDITED BY HIS DAUGHTER, LADY BOURCHIER. WITH PORTRAITS AND OTHER ILLUSTRATIONS.

Bourchier, Lady.


£750.00




Longmans, Green. 2 Vols., 1st.ed., 1873. Vol. I : Xii + 512 pp. engrv. oval port. frontis with fac. signature, + 3 maps (1 fldg. with cold. flags ; 2 with blue seas). Vol. II : Viii + 617 + 2 (advt.) pp., lacking woodcut frontis but replaced by facsimile + an extra engraved portrait (1830) bound in. Also 1 map (blue sea), 1 plan (fldg. & cold.), 1 diagram & 1 lithograph portrait. Both volumes re-bound in half-calf ; black calf title-pieces ; raised bands ; gilt ; marbled boards & black e.p's. 22 x 14cm. Edges to Vol. II trimmed without loss ; small tear to lower edge of title-page of same volume ; stamp & lib. Marks from the College (see below) o/w a clean & FINE set in an attractive calf binding. Inscribed Presentation Copy from the Admiral's Daughter : "Presented by Lady Bourchier to the Library of The Working Men's College, London". Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Acton, Ash Wednesday 2002." His copy. (See also Item No. 139) The only complete biography of Admiral Sir Edward Codrington (1770-1851) ' the hero of Navarino ' published 22 years after his death and edited by his daughter, Lady Bourchier. Edward Codrington entered the Royal Navy in 1783 and was confirmed as a lieutenant in time for war in 1793. He was on board Howe's flagship, QUEEN CHARLOTTE, at the Glorious First of June in 1794, as a result of which he was promoted to the command of the COMET, fire-ship. In 1795, he fought under Bridport (Hood) in his action with the French fleet off Ile de Groix, and in 1797 took part in the capture of the troopship LA VILLE DE L' ORIENT off Lisbon. On the 24th May 1805, Codrington was given command of the ORION 74, and fought in her under Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in October that year, for which he received a gold medal. In November 1808, he took command of the BLAKE 74, and in the following year was ordered to join the expedition against Walcheren, hoisting the flag of Lord Gardner who praised him in the highest terms for his part in forcing the Scheldt. Having no pilot on board, BLAKE grounded under the batteries of Flushing, and fought the enemy for 2 ' hours and being twice set on fire. In August 1810, Codrington took part in the defence of Cadiz, and he was in action on many other occasions up to the close of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. His finest hour was yet to come, however. In November 1826, he was appointed C-in-C Mediterranean with his flag in ASIA 84, and in October of the following year led a force of British, French and Russian squadrons into the port of Navarin to engage a combined Turco-Egyptian fleet. Codrington lost 172 men with a further 481 wounded but emerged victorious in what turned out to be the last fleet action to be fought under sail alone. Codrington was showered with honours and gifts from England, France, Russia and Greece. [For further details of his naval career see O'Byrne pp. 207-208]. This life of the Admiral describes in detail these and other events in a remarkable naval career. Fine Binding set of a SCARCE biography of a Trafalgar veteran in two volumes.


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