THE ENEMY AT TRAFALGAR. AN ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE FROM EYE-WITNESSES' NARRATIVES AND LETTERS AND DESPATCHES FROM THE FRENCH AND SPANISH FLEETS.

Fraser, Edward.


£200.00




1st.ed., 1906. Xx + 437 pp., frontis + 26 other plates, 30 facsimiles signatures, maps, plans etc in text + 4 plans in appendix. Green cloth ; gilt ; gilt vignette to lower corner of front cover ; t.e.g., others uncut. 23 x 15cm. Some foxing o/w V.G.+. A scarce and unique study of Nelson's last brilliant battle off Cape Trafalgar in 1805 as seen through the eyes of his enemies and based on French and Spanish first-hand accounts and other sources. As the 28 chapters unfold, a fascinating and often unfamiliar view of the battle emerges. Chapter titles include : Admirals and Captains of the Combined Fleet. The Night before the Battle. Nelson in Sight ' Monday Morning. The Eagle of the BUCENTAURE. Villeneuve's Trafalgar Despatch. "The Man who shot Nelson". Admiral Magon and his Fate. How the INTREPIDE turned back to save the Admiral. Others that deserved well of France. Jeannette of the ACHILLE. HMS IMPLACABLE. Gravina and Alava and their Flagships. The SANTISIMA TRINIDAD at Bay. Captains whom Spain remembers with Pride. The Victims of the Storm. The Last Hours of the SANTISIMA TRINIDAD. What they heard and saw at Cadiz. How the News reached England ' and Napoleon. Vae Victis:- The Hulks and the Tragedy of Rennes. Since Trafalgar. Etc. In addition. there are three Appendices : Admiral Villeneuve's Memorandum. Admiral Villeneuvre's Official Report. And Captain Magendie's Plans of Trafalgar. The book also contains a number of rare portraits of French and Spanish officers, and something is said of the Trafalgar prisoners brought to England and of the tragic fate of Villeneuve on his way to face Napoleon in Paris. The book was one of those chosen by the Admiralty when they set up their committee in 1913 to examine Nelson's tactics at Trafalgar. The author pays tribute to the bravery of the French and Spanish sailors who fought with courage against Nelson's well-trained and more experienced officers and gun-crews. On viewing the battle from the "other side" this book has never been equalled. An excellent bright copy of the original edition.


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