[Paris]. 1782. ,158pp. Engraved frontispiece. Modern blue morocco and mottled paper boards, spine gilt. Gilt insignia of the French "Order of the Star" ("Monstrant Regibus Astra Viam") on front board and on bookplate on front pastedown. Bookplate on rear pastedown. Final text leaf lightly browned around edges. Near fine. Item #WRCAM5845
Authorship of this work is uncertain, but Howes theorizes that one Captain Walsh is the author. Whoever wrote it served as an officer in the Comte d'Estaing's squadron and is highly critical of his conduct. This work describes the operations of the French fleet in 1778-79, beginning with the departure from Toulon and covering the blockade of the British at New York; the planned but aborted naval battle off Newport; the encounter with the British fleet under Admiral John Byron; and finally, the attack on Savannah, Georgia. The frontispiece is a portrait of d'Estaing, under which is a view of the taking of Grenada. This is one of the best sources for the Savannah attack. An important Revolutionary naval item, here present in the first edition, first issue of the text. CLARK I:234. HOWES E198. SABIN 23033. DE RENNE I:224.