THE YEAR OF TRAFALGAR. BEING AN ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE AND OF THE EVENTS WHICH LED UP TO IT, WITH A COLLECTION OF THE POEMS AND BALLADS WRITTEN THEREUPON BETWEEN 1805 AND 1905.

Newbolt, Henry.


£75.00




1st.ed., 1905. Xvi + 244 + 4 (advt.) pp., guarded port. frontis., + 5 other plates. Blue cloth ; gilt ; gilt decorations to front cover ; edges uncut. 21 x 14cm. V.G. Dedicated to Newbolt’s friend, Julian Corbett, this book was, amazingly, the first separate study of the Battle of Trafalgar in book form – the public having to wait a century after Trafalgar for such a work to be published. It was considered important enough by the Admiralty to be included in their list of printed works examined during their 1913 study of Nelson’s tactics at Trafalgar. Indeed, it was this work that in many respects brought Nelson’s tactics under review. Newbolt deals not only with the battle itself but takes in the wider campaign from 1803, beginning in the Mediterranean and including Nelson’s chase to and from the West Indies. The author describes the ships, their signals, and the tactics employed. He also gives an account of Nelson’s death and the events that followed after the guns had fallen silent. An attractive and important feature of the book, and a subject close to Newbolt’s heart, are the 26 Trafalgar poems penned between 1805 and 1905. This is one of the best books to emerge from the Nelson Centenary.


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