JENKINS, James. The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies: from 1799 to 1815. - The Naval Achievements of Great Britain from the Year 1793 to 1817
JENKINS, James. The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies: from 1799 to 1815. - The Naval Achievements of Great Britain from the Year 1793 to 1817. London: for James Jenkins by L. Harrison [ca, 1825].
Together 2 volumes. Large 4to., (13 2/8 x 10 3/8 inches). Hand-colored engraved frontispiece and vignette title-page in each volume; dedication leaf, and 51 fine hand-colored aquatint plates in "Martial Achievements" and 54 fine aquatint plates in "Naval Achievements" (some occasional light spotting). Fine 20th-century Boston binding of red morocco gilt extra by Charles E. Lauriat (one small scuff mark at the head of the spine of "Naval Achievements"; modern cloth slipcases.
Provenance: penciled gift inscription dated 1829 on the recto of the first blank in each volume.
First editions, later issues, plates watermarked 1825, first published in 1814 and 1817 respectively, and then to order. A HANDSOME SET, recording the military and naval might of Britannia in the first decades of the 19th-century. "As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years Jenkins' "Naval Achievements" has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 had a publisher attempted such a complete volume of documentary naval prints... It is the quality of the accuracy which makes Jenkins so valuable above all, and it is the pictures rather than the text to which the value can be attributed." Roger Quarm of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England. Abbey "Life" 365 & 337. Catalogued by Kate Hunter