Naval Tactics; Or, a Treatise of Evolutions and Signals, With Cuts, Lately Published in France, …By Mons. De Morogues, …Translated By a Sea-Officer.
Bigot De Morogues, Sebastien Franois.
W. Johnston, ( 1767), London
4to. xxvi (page xi misnumbered ix, and page xxiv mislabeled as xxvi), 152 pp. b/w plates, some folding.
This is the first English translation of Morogues Tactique Navale, originally published in France in 1763. Morogues was the founder of the Marine Academy at Brest, and is perhaps best remembered for his able performance as Captain of Magnifique at Quiberon in 1759. See Corbetts Signals and Instructions 1776-1794. Also, Scott, 316, and Adams & Waters 161. One folding order of Battle at Malaga, 1704, (page 95) and eight terminal folding engraved plates of tactical maneuvers. Early ownership signature of Stephen Hill on the front flyleaf. A scarce book. Worldcat notes eight libraries holding copies, only three of which are in America. Bound in contemporary marbled boards; rebacked in goat with leather label. Minor staining to text. Folding plates are in good repair but are evenly tanned. Lacking rear end paper, but a nice wide margined copy, untrimmed.