An Essay on Naval Tactics, Systematical and Historical. With Explanatory Plates.
T. Cadell, ( 1790), London
27 cm. xii, (5)-165 pp. 30 folding plates with hand coloring.
This is the the first public appearance of the first effort by an Englishman to systematize naval tactics with theories based on actual engagements. It is said that Nelson used Clerks theories at Trafalgar. For those interested in history, the book is of great utility, clearly summarizing major naval battles (including those of the American Revolution). This is the first and largest section of the four that were eventually published, and this section contains summaries of engagements between 1756 and 1781, including Arbuthnot and Graves off the Chesapeake, which are used to illustrate Clerks theories on tactics. See Adams & Waters, 359, 360 for first edition. Bound in half mottled calf over marbled boards. Scattered light foxing, very good condition.