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[BYNG, George, Sir]. An Account of the Expedition of the British Fleet to Sicily , In the Years 1718, 1719, and 1720, under the Command of Sir George Byng, Bart. (Afterwards Viscount Torrington) Admiral and Commander in Chiefof His Majesty's Fleet; and his Majesty's Commissary and Plenipotiary to t he Several Princes and States of Italy. Collected from the Admiral's Manuscripts, and other Original Papers. The Second Edition. L: Printed for J. andR. Tonson, 1739. Pp 96. 8vo, original wraps. A rather hagiographical accou nt of Byng's finest hour: his decisive defeat of a Spanish fleet off Cape Passaro in Sicily in 1718 through remarkable diligence and dogged pursuit. Byng's victory was complete, or almost so: the author is especially keen to rebut rumours that Byng had attacked the Spanish without warning in defiance of contemporary martial etiquette. Heavily rubbed, wraps chipped especially at spine, slight wear and darkening to edges, title page thumbed, a couple of small spots of soiling to covers, else vg. Clean and bright internally. 650.00
Title: Account of the Expedition of the British Fleet to Sicily , In the Years 1718, 1719, and 1720. 2d ed.
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