Earl of Dundonald’s work on naval affairs, his son Capt the Hon Ernest Cochrane’s copy.


Dundonald, the Earl of, Vice Admiral of the White: Observations on Naval Affairs, and on some Collateral Subjects; including instances of injustice experienced by the author: with a summary of his Naval Service, and a copious appendix. James Ridgway [London] 1847 1st edition 8vo. 

viii, errata slip, 163pp. Contemporary half leather gilt with marbled paper covered boards, little wear, some rubbing to the title label, a very clean text book, ownership signature on the pastedown Ernest Cochrane [Captain the Hon Ernest Cochrane, R.N. was the author’s son.  A scarce naval work wuth an excellent provenance. jan1/1

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald [1775-1860], a Scot who rose eventually to be Admiral of the Red, was one of the most successful of those naval commanders who achieved fame during the Napoleonic Wars and whose raiding achievements led Napoleon to give him the nickname The Sea Wolf. However, as this quite scarce book illustrates, his was a troubled career and he was dismissed from the Navy in 1814 following a stock exchange scandal. Before he was pardoned and re-instated in 1832 he continued his career in South America where he helped to establish and command the rebel navies of Brazil and Chile in their successful wars of independence and also to play a part in Peru’s achievement of its independence.

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