£25.00

Publisher

Printed by Alden and Mowbray Ltd at the Alden Press.

Place

Oxford

Date

1969

Synopsis

An account of the life and actions of rear-admiral sir nesbit willoughby, kt., c.b., k.c.h. (1777-1849) 'the hero of mauritius.'

Item Description

8vo. [xii] + 102 pp. Bound in original blue cloth, gilt. A little wear to extremities and sunning of front board and occasional traces of foxing; otherwise a very good copy. Gift inscription from author on first free endpaper and later bookplate. Illustrated by 5 pages of plates, including portrait frontispiece and two page chart and by whole page map in text. Biography of one of the more controversial British naval officers of the French wars. He served at Copenhagen and the West Indies, but his active naval career was halted after the disastrous Battle of Grand Port, Mauritius, 1810, in which the entire force of four British frigates, one of them commanded by Willoughby, was lost fighting the French navy. Willoughby later served in the Russian army in 1812, was captured and escaped. At the Battle of Leipzig he received yet another severe wound but saw a little more naval service subsequently, in spite of the four court martials of his career.

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