Wright, H. C. Seppings.


Hurst & Blackett, 1st ed., 1905. Xvi + 280 pp., frontis + 115 other photo-plates & drawings. Blue cloth ; gilt. cold. picture mounted to front cover ; t.e.g., others uncut. 23 x 15cm. Some foxing as usual but o/w a bright & sound copy V.G.+. A major contemporary study of the naval aspects of the war in the Far East in 1904-1905 between Imperial Russia and Imperial Japan. Although much had been written on the military operations, this was the first to provide a detailed account of the naval affairs. The author was the only correspondent to obtain Japanese permission to sail with their fleet, as he had previously served under Admiral Togo. Hailed as the ‘Japanese Nelson’, Count Heihachiro Togo (1847-1934) trained for the Imperial Japanese Navy at Greenwich. He fought against China in 1894 and was C-in-C during the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5 during which he bombarded Port Arthur and defeated the Tsar’s fleet which had sailed half-way round the world to fight at Tsushima. Togo was awarded the English O.M. the following year, and in 1907 was created Count. This is a detailed eye-witness account of the sea-fights in the first major war of the 20th century, and the author illustrates his work with 116 photographs and drawings – the latter from his own pen. Includes Kamura’s fight with the Vladivostok cruisers, sinking of the RURIK, chase and destruction of the SEVASTOPOL, sinking of battleships at Port Arthur, etc. The book also benefits from Seppings Wright’s personal interviews with Togo. An uncommon book.

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