London: James Ridgway, 1859. Two volumes. xxii,293; xi,305pp. Original blue pebbled cloth. Spine ends darkened and lightly worn. Front hinge of first volume tender. Moderate age-toning, occasional foxing. Very good. Item #WRCAM39288
Dundonald had an almost impossibly romantic life, one of the most effective English naval officers of the Napoleonic era, and the model for the fictional Capt. Jack Aubrey of "Master and Commander" fame. From an ancient Scottish family, he had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy until expelled in 1818 on the false accusation of stock market fraud. He left for South America, becoming the commander of the Chilean Navy from 1819 to 1822 during their war of independence from Spain. From 1823 to 1825 he occupied a similar position in the Brazilian navy before returning to Europe to fight for Greek independence. He was later reinstated in the Royal Navy and became a rear admiral. The first volume of this work is devoted to Dundonald's Chilean years, and the second volume relates the Brazilian period. Besides his naval efforts, there is much on the politics of the period in both countries. A fascinating narrative by a man frequently mentioned by other Pacific mariners of the period. SABIN 21274. NAYLOR 6. DNB IV, pp.621-31.