Naval Chronology : Or, An Historical Summary of Naval and Maritime Events from the Time of the Romans to the Treaty of Peace, 1802. 5 vols.


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SCHOMBERG, Isaac. Naval Chronology : Or, An Historical Summary of Naval andMaritime Events from the Time of the Romans to the Treaty of Peace, 1802 . With an appendix. IN FIVE VOLUMES. London: printed for T. Egerton, at the Military Library, Whitehall; Bickerstaff, 210, Strand; and Richardson, Royal Exchange; by C. Roworth, Hudson's Court, Strand, 1802. I: Pp. [i]-ix,(11),[1]-481,(4) of index; II: Pp. (2),[1]-454,(26) of index; III: Pp. (2),[1]-640,(26) of index; IV: Pp. (4),[1]-759,(1); IV: (4),[1]-394,(20). 8vo, volumes 1-4 are half black leather with plain brownish paper covered boards, gilt lettering and tooling to spines; volume 5 is untrimmed, with brown clothspine and marbled boards, paper label to spine. Schomberg (b. Great Yarmou th, 27 March 1753; ,d. 20 Jan. 1813).. " captain in the navy, naval commissioner, and author,[...] He was afterwards for a few months in the Prudent, with his uncle Alexander ; for three years in the Trident, flagship of Sir Peter Denis, in the Mediterranean, and for nearly two years in the Romney, flagship of Vice-admiral John Montagu [q. v.] at Newfoundland. He passed his examination on 21 Nov. 1776, and on 21 Aug. 1777 was promoted to the rankof lieutenant. Next year he was commanding the Labrador schooner on the Ne wfoundland station, [...] During the following years he resided principallyat Seend in Wiltshire, occupied in the compilation of the ' Naval Chronolo gy,' which was published in 1802 (5 vols. 8vo), a work still valuable as a book of reference, more especially for the lists of ships and officials in volumes iv. and v." - DNB, Vol., p..433-434. An ambitious, thorough chronological presentation of the history of British naval seafaring, examining key moments in exploration, colonisation and settlement, as well as key navalbattles, stretching from Roman times to the height of the Napoleonic Wars, with a clear emphasis (all but about 90 pages of the five-volume set) plac ed on naval actions of the eighteenth century (as it was this information that was of utmost relevance at the time of publication). The eighteenth century information, while presented chronologically, is also uniformly presented in a regional breakdown, with domestic issues (parliamentary economics - with wages, money spent on shipbuilding and maintenance, hospoital support, &c., &c. - promotions within the ranks, deaths of eminent personages, the building of ships, the passing of bills relevant to the Royal navy) taking initial precedence in each section, followed by a focus on issues dealingwith the Americas, the West Indies, the East Indies, and other locales of English interest. Each annual section, particularly during the contests with the French, finishes with numbers of ships taken by either side in the ongoing conflict. As is to be expected, there are numerous aspects of Nova Scotian interest interspersed throughout the sest, with ongoing surveys of the battles with the French at Louisbourg, as well as a paragraph detailing the founding of Halifax by Cornwallis in 1749 (I, 258). The final volume is an overarching appendix, detailing the "losses sustained by the several belligerent powers, [the] public offices in the naval department, [the] Admirals of the Royal Navy, [and the] Captains of the Royal Navy, with those who have lost their lives in the Service." Fairly uniform wear to spine ends, outer hinges, and extremities of first four volumes in the set, sparse foxing throughout, and rubbing to boards; glue remnant to rear board of fourth volume. Volume five has a sizeable dampstain to the front board, and the bulk of the spine paper label has been chipped away. All hinges are still strong. A nice set. Ex-libris Admiral Hugh Francis Pullen (bookplate to pastedown of volume 4). For the set. 2,000.00

Title: Naval Chronology : Or, An Historical Summary of Naval and Maritime Events from the Time of the Romans to the Treaty of Peace, 1802. 5 vols.

Author Name: SCHOMBERG, Isaac

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Publisher: C. Roworth, London, 1802,:

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