Narrative of a Captivity and Adventures in France and Flanders, Between the Years 1803 and 1809..
Richard Long, ( 1827), London
vii,228 pp. Hand colored map and b/w plates.
Boys was a midshipman aboard the Royal Navys frigate “Phoebe” during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1803 they were sent to guard the port of Toulon. They captured a Genoese merchant vessel and Boys was sent as a prize master to take the ship to Nelson, then off Spain. On the way she was recaptured by the French, and Boys and his mates were thrown in the clink. Most of the rest of the book is taken up with an engaging account of their adventures and escapes in France. This is the first edition, with errata slip. It is bound together with a first edition of Robert Roscoe’s anonymous “Chevy Chase and Other Poems.” London, 1820. Both bound in later gray cloth with leather spine label. Scattered foxing and staining. A good copy.