An attractive example of the finest pictorial record of the naval engagements of the Napoleonic Wars.
The present edition contains several plates of Britain’s most significant victories during the Napoleonic wars. These include two plates on the Battle of the Nile, two plates on the Battle of Copenhagen and three plates on the Battle of Trafalgar. The Abbey copy lists two portraits not present here, but the plate count of coloured aquatints of sea battles accords.
‘As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years Jenkins’ Naval Achievements has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 had a publisher attempted such a complete volume of documentary naval prints. It is the quality of the accuracy which makes Jenkins so valuable above all, and it is the pictures rather than the text to which the value can be attributed’ (Roger Quarm, the National Maritime Museum).
These Napoleonic encounters at sea are arguably the best and most attractive plates of their kind.
4to (38 x 30 cm). Dedication leaf, viii pp. introduction, ii pp. list of plates, 148 pp. including letterpress, ii pp. subscribers list, engraved title with hand-coloured vignette, 55 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates, uncoloured outline etching of the Bombardment of Algiers and Battle of Trafalgar at rear, plates watermarked ‘Whatman 1833,’ bound without portraits as is usual; some occasional light spotting and offsetting, the plates are generally clean and bright. Contemporary red half morocco, gilt ruled, marbled boards, spine in 6 compartments, gilt lettered direct to second and third, raised bands; spine faded, a little rubbed.
Abbey (Life), 337.
Stock ID: 89959