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    "[T]he first general naval history written in the English language."

    Josiah Burchett. A Complete History of the Most Remarkable Transactions at Sea, from the Earliest Accounts of Time to the Conclusions of the Last War with France... In Five Books. London: Printed by W. B. for J. Walthoe, et al., 1720.

    First edition. Folio. [3, blank], privilege leaf, [1, blank], engraved portrait, engraved frontispiece, [1, blank], title page, [1, blank], [4, dedication], [36, Preface], [12, Contents], 800, [31, Index], [2, Errata], [1, blank]. With nine folding maps.

    Antique sheep with gilt spine titles on a red leather title plate and six raised bands. Edges sprinkled red. Binding worn and rubbed. Joints partially split at bottom edge. Extremities lightly frayed. Lord Forbes' bookplate on front pastedown. Front hinge a bit tender. Three-inch closed marginal tear to I2. A few creased corners. Scattered minor foxing throughout. Folding maps toned. Overall, a very good copy of Burchett's seminal work.

    "This volume is particularly important in the literature of naval history, not only as a narrative of naval operations in the Nine Years' War and the War of the Spanish Succession, but as the first general naval history written in the English language" (Oxford DNB).

    DNB III:291. ESTC t144100. Masien & Lancaster 595. Sabin 9205.

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