First edition, first issue. Engraved frontispiece. 158 pp. 8vo. Original pink paper wrappers, lightly worn and soiled. A few light, scattered stains, but generally quite clean and fresh inside. Very good, and in original condition. In a half morocco and cloth slipcase Clark I:234; Howes E198; Sabin 23033. De Renne I:224. Item #252594
Authorship of this work is uncertain, but Howes theorizes that one Captain Walsh is the author. Whoever wrote it served as an officer in the Comte d'Estaing's squadron and is highly critical of his conduct. This work describes the operations of the French fleet in 1778-79, beginning with the departure from Toulon and covering the blockade of the British at New York; the planned but aborted naval battle off Newport; the encounter with the British fleet under Admiral John Byron; and finally, the attack on Savannah, Georgia. This is one of the best sources for the Savannah attack. An important Revolutionary naval item, here present in the first edition, first issue of the text.
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