Powley, E. B.


Cambridge, at the University Press, 1st ed., 1928. 188 pp., chart at rear (fldg.). D.j. (uncommon). 22 x 14cm. Piece cut from spine of dust-jacket (now in protective sleeve) with matching fading patch on spine, o/w V.G.+. The first serious study of the important role played by the Royal Navy in the English Revolution of 1688, in which the author corrects mistaken notions regarding the preparations of James II and Secretary Pepys and provides overdue recognition of the professional merits of Admiral Lord Dartmouth. An exhaustive search of English authorities was made by the author. Most of the Dutch papers perished in a fire at the Hague, although fortunately they had been studied by historian de Jonge and his work was consulted. The author presents a narrative of the proceedings of the English fleet which sailed to prevent the landing of the Prince of Orange and investigates what role in this failure did the choice of anchorage off the Gunfleet Buoy play. A hitherto neglected and critical gap in naval history is filled by this work, and the equally neglected career of Admiral Dartmouth is brought to light. The book opens with the failure of diplomacy in 1687-8, and the beginning of hostilities. It goes on to describe the successful sailing of the Prince and Dartmouth’s attempt on Torbay. Edward Powley investigates the inaction and final surrender of the Royal Fleet and other events during 1688-9. An appendix examines administration, matériel and personal of the English Navy, Dutch naval organization, and remarks upon the Navy of Louis XIV. Illustrated with a large folding chart. Foreword by Earl Jellicoe. SCARCE First Edition in dust-jacket.

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