Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty’s Fleet in the Mediterranean, and the Combined Fleets of France and Spain, From the Year 1741, to March 1744.(and) Vice Adm Lestock’s Recapitulation
J. Millan (and) George Faulkner, ( 1744 (and) 1745), London (and) Dublin
viii, 112 (8) pp. b/w fldg. charts.(and) 22, (2) pp.
The first title is a close and dramatic account of a notorious naval battle in the War of Austrian Succession. Admiral Matthews scored an early victory, but was not supported by Rear Admiral Lestock. Later, Matthews was unjustly cashiered because of a technicality. With three (of four) folding charts of Mediterranean ports and three folding rosters of English, French and Spanish vessels. Title page re-hinged. Map 2 is trimmed close at the bottom. Map 4 has a piece torn away at the lower corner, with no loss of map image. The second title is a small part of the seemingly endless pamphlet war between Lestock and his detractors, regarding Lestocks conduct in the Battle of Toulon. Matthews, his chief rival, had signaled for support from the rear, which Lestock failed to provide. Lestock prevailed in a court martial, but the controversy kept printers busy for years. In the process much information about Toulon and Royal Navy tactics of that time were revealed. See NMM V, 1073. Both titles bound together in contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards.