THE THREE DORSET CAPTAINS AT TRAFALGAR : THOMAS MASTERMAN HARDY, CHARLES BULLEN, HENRY DIGBY.

Broadley, A. M. & Bartelot, R. G.


£500.00




John Murray, 1st.ed., 1906. Xxiv + 318 pp., guarded port. frontis., 25 other plates including portraits, views, battle-plans, facsimiles, etc., 2 sketches in text, a facsimile letter (large & fldg.), + large pedigree (fldg.). Contemporary binding by Henry Sotheran in blue half-calf ; gilt decorated raised bands ; gilt lettering & gilt fouled anchors & crowns to spine ; blue grained cloth boards ; fine marbled endpapers ; t.e.g. 22 x 15cm. Foxing as usual o/w Nr.FINE. Attractive bookplate ' decorated with the American eagle, US flag on shield, finely-bound books, and items of Roman armour & weapons ' of Herbert Goldsmith Squiers (1859-1911). Squiers joined the US Army in 1877 and was commissioned second lieutenant and joined a cavalry regiment. Following the battle of Wounded Knee, he resigned as first lieutenant in 1891 and entered the US diplomatic service. He went on to become a minister, appointed in turn to China, Cuba & Panama. A noted collector of fine porcelain, while in Beijing he was accused of purchasing a confiscated collection. After the Boxer Rebellion, a journalist wrote that the best collection of loot was obtained by Lady MacDonald, wife of the British minister, while the second-best went to Squiers, First Secretary of the US Legation. He declared his innocence but left China in 1901 with several railway carriages filled with Chinese art. The controversy raged on for the rest of his life. His collection went to auction in 1912 and realised over $48,000. This is the first complete biography of "Nelson's Hardy" and still the most comprehensive account on the subject, enhanced by the lives of two other Dorset captains who fought at Trafalgar : Charles Bullen (1768-1853), captain of the BRITANNIA ; and Henry Digby (1770-1842), captain of the AFRICA. The main part of the book, however, concerns the life of Thomas Masterman Hardy (1769-1839) captain of Nelson's flagship VICTORY. Hardy fought at the Battle of St. Vincent in 1797 and was with Nelson at Santa Cruz when he cut out the MUTINE, a vessel he commanded in the following year at the Nile. He became Nelson's flag-captain in the VANGUARD and followed Nelson to the FOUDROYANT, SAN JOSEF, ST. GEORGE, AMPHION and finally the VICTORY. Hardy was created Baronet after Trafalgar and went on to become Commodore and Governor of Greenwich Hospital from 1834 to his death. He also served as C-in-C on the South American station from 1819 to 1824, and afterwards took command of the Experimental Squadron until striking his flag in 1827. The authors describe Hardy's boyhood on the coast of Dorset, bringing together for the first time, local anecdotes concerning his family and circle. The book contains many illustrations of special note, including a fine facsimile letter and a large folding pedigree of the Hardy family. In 1909 a second edition of sorts was published under the title Nelson's Hardy, but this omitted the memoirs of Bullen and Digby. Fine Binding Copy.


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