LIFE OF VICE-ADMIRAL EDMUND, LORD LYONS … WITH AN ACCOUNT OF NAVAL OPERATIONS IN THE BLACK SEA AND SEA OF AZOFF, 1854-56.

Eardley-Wilmot, Captain S.


£150.00




1st.ed., 1898. Xv + 440 pp., guarded port. frontis., + 22 other plates & 2 maps (all tissue-guarded). Blue cloth ; gilt ; gilt ‘statue’ of Admiral Lyons to front cover ; t.e.g., others uncut. 25 x 17cm. Some foxing as usual & a little marking to covers but o/w V.G. Original photograph pasted in of Admiral (as he became) Eardley-Wilmot in 1925. Bewick-style bookplate of Leonard Noble, 1893. Biography of Vice-Admiral Lord Lyons (1790-1858), an officer playing a prominent role in the fall of Sebastopol during the Crimean war. Edmund Lyons first went to sea in the Royal Navy in 1802 and the author describes Lyon’s actions during the Napoleonic Wars. He took part in the Java Expedition, the passing of the Dardanelles (1807), and saw active service in the East Indies (1810-11) reaching the rank of commander in 1812. He was one of the fortunate few to remain employed on the coming of peace in 1815. He served on the Mediterranean station between 1828 and 1833, returning as Second-in-Command of this fleet, 1853-55, and C-in-C from 1855 to his death. The biography is chiefly based on Lyon’s correspondence and on other documents. It deals largely with the most important period of his career – the naval operations in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azoff during the Crimean War, 1854-1856. Illustrated with 23 interesting plates and 2 maps, this copy has an original photograph of Admiral Sir Sidney Eardley-Wilmot (1847-1929) pasted in, taken on a sunny day in 1925, clearly showing the loss of his right hand, an injury he sustained as a result of an explosion at HMS VERNON, torpedo school. A close friend of Lord Fisher, Eardley-Wilmot saw a good deal of action during his time in the Royal Navy from 1860 to 1901. He wrote a number of excellent books and essays on naval affairs.


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