1st.ed., 1967. 272 pp., 6 photo & other plates + 2 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Torn d.j. with some loss (now in a protective sleeve) o/w V.G. Bookplate of Lt.Col. Harold Wyllie, V-P. RSMA (1880-1973), marine artist, son of W. L. Wyllie. The subject of this biography was the younger son of the fourth Earl of Albemarle and a great-nephew of the celebrated 18th century Admiral, Augustus, Viscount Keppel. When Henry Keppel died in 1904 he had by then become a much-loved figure of Edwardian society and King Edward VII’s favourite admiral. In the Royal Navy he was regarded as the ‘Father of the Fleet’ and his naval career was both remarkable and extensive. Born in 1809, Keppel entered the Royal Naval College at Portsmouth in 1822 and first went to sea as a midshipman in HMS TWEED two years later. He fought in the China War of 1842-43 as a post-captain in the DIDO, and afterwards took that ship on the famous expedition to suppress piracy in Borneo, an account of which was published shortly afterwards. Keppel went on to fight in the Crimean War and was with the Naval Brigade at Sebastopol and in the Gun-Boat Division there. He also fought in the Second China War of 1857 and was involved in the fracas aboard the FORTE during 1860-1861. He spent years as C-in-C on the China station, and on his death in 1904 he had lived under five monarchs from George III to Edward VII - serving under four of them in the Navy. Harold Wyllie’s copy.