Title A Narrative of the Proceedings of the British Fleet Commanded by Admiral Sir John Jervis KB in the Late Action with the Spanish Fleet 1797.
Publisher 1797 rp 1971,
Seller ID 888
32pp, 8 folding engraved plates, large format (26.5cm x 19.5cm), attractive production, pale blue cloth. NMM Cat, Vol 5, Pt 1, entry 1799: The three appendices comprise: return of killed and wounded on board the British ships; ships and commanders of both fleets. AJS: The best contemporary account of the famous action off Cape St Vincent, in which four Spanish ships of the line, including two 112s, were taken. The accompanying plans, shewing the positions of both fleets at different stages in the action, are particularly interesting. Although published anonymously, the work was actually written by Colonel John Drinkwater-Bethune, better known for his history of the Siege of Gibraltar in the previous war. As a member of General Eliot's staff, Bethune was returning from the Mediterranean in a frigate when he became an eyewitness of the battle.