NAVAL JOURNAL

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Lot 193
NAVAL JOURNAL

Sold for £ 9,600 (US$ 11,966) inc. premium
NAVAL JOURNAL
Record of the service of later Fleet Surgeon Henry A. Close from 1859 to 1892, illustrated with watercolours, photographs and other ephemera, approximately 350 pages, half roan, worn, [c.1892]; a volume of printed ephemera assembled by Henry Close, extending beyond his retirement in 1891 to shortly before his death in 1908, a hand-coloured cabinet card of Close in uniform loosely inserted, half roan, rubbed, 4to (2)

Footnotes

  • Royal Navy ships Henry Close served in were Clio, Adelaide, Arethusa, Hibernia, Martin, Audacious, Flying Fish, Juno, Invincible, Hector, Northampton and Northumberland.

    The watercolours include: Rio de Janiero (2); Valpariso; El Morro, Isla Tabaga (by W.P. Barrow); The Plaza Panama showing the fieldpieces landed with Royal Marines from Clio during an insurrection (1860); Mazatlan, Mexico; Clio careening at Guaymas; Acapulco; Marakopa Indian Chief & Wife; Clio in Dry Dock at Cobras; Our Camp at Mekseh [Lebanon, 1866]; Entrance to Piraeus from inside [operations in Crete 1866]; Seraglio Point Constantinople; HMS Fly Fish at anchor off Zanzibar; Comoro [part of anti-slaving operations against dhows]; Simon's Bay; At Seychelles.

    Photographs include: H.M.S. Clio off Tabaga Bay of Panama; H.M. Brig Martin; HMS Invincible; HMS Northampton; HMS Northumberland.

    Amongst the ephemera are the expected menus, cards, invitations and playbills etc., along with more unusual items such as: the trade cards of Bully Button & Sons, washermen at Singapore and Marry A Cheen, washerwoman at Wanchai; a playbill in Greek and Italian 1866 (Corfiote?); a very rare item in Malagasy announcing the freeing of all slaves, and presumably picked up when HMS Flying Fish called at Madagascar: RANAVALON II, King of Madagascar. Kabarind-Ranavalomanjaka, Mpanjaka ny Madagascar... nentind Rainilaiarivony, 8 pages, printed wrapper, Antananarivo, 1877. The only copy listed by COPAC is that at SOAS which lacks the printed wrapper, and hence title.
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