Corbett, Julian S.


1st.ed., 1900. Xiv + 464 pp., photogravure frontis., 1 other guarded photogravure plate, & 6 other plates & maps. Blue cloth ; gilt ; gilt armorial cover. 23 x 15cm. Gilt on spine dull o/w V.G. From Cliveden Library, the home of Viscount Waldorf (1879-1952) & Viscountess Nancy Astor (1879-1964) whose names appear on the library bookplate on the paste-downs. Cliveden is an Italianate mansion in Buckinghamshire overlooking one of the most beautiful reaches of the Thames. It was the meeting place of the ‘Cliveden set’ in the 1920s/30s, a group of political intellectuals under the Astors. In the 1960s it was the scene of the notorious sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair. [See No. 55 above ] This major study enhanced Corbett’s reputation as a leading naval historian alongside Laughton and Mahan, and was a fitting sequel to his earlier work, Drake and the Tudor Navy. The author explains how the period under review had been more extensively misunderstood by general historians than even the pre-Armada era. On balance he gives credit to the Spanish with the creation of Philip’s new Navy. Corbett remarks "The great lesson the period teaches us is the limitation of maritime power," and this work is a straightforward study of the conditions under which that power operated and explains the reasons for the limitation. Corbett provides fresh and penetrating character studies of Essex, Raleigh, Vere, Mountjoy and others who conducted England’s war from 1596 onwards. In addition, there is a detailed appendix on Elizabethan ships and ordnance. The 17 chapters include The Spaniards at Calais. The Occupation of Cadiz. The Last Attempt to Invade Spain. The Islands Voyage. Philip’s Last Armada. Cumberland at Puerto Rico. Decline of the Navy. The Invasion of Ireland. The Last of the Galleys. Etc. The Astor’s copy from their library at Cliveden

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