A BRIEF RELATION OF HIS MAJESTIES, AND THE FRENCH KINGS FORCES UNDER MY COMMAND, WITH THE DUTCH The 11th of August, 1673 - Near the Texel.

[London]: np, 1673. First edition. Small 4to (6 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches). 7 pp. Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619-1682), German soldier, scientist, and colonial governor, came top prominence as a cavalry commander during the English Civil War, eventually becoming the senior Royalist general by his mid-20s; following the restoration, he became a senior English naval commander in the conflicts against the Dutch in the 1670s, from which this dispatch comes, and was appointed first governor of the Hudson's Bay Company. Ink manuscript not on final page: "It was in this engagement that the brave Edward Spragge, Admiral of the Blue, was killed -- though no mention is made in this Despatch of Prince Rupert." ESTC R34013. OCLC and ESTC locates four copies in the United States (Columbia, Huntington, Folger, Union Theological Seminary). Wing R2286. Pencil ownership signature of F. A. Sondley and with the Sondley Library bookplate and blindstamps (the Sondley Library, once part of the Asheville, N.C., Public Library, was sold in 1987 to raise funds for computerizing the library's records). 20th-century flame calf (boards bowed, joints cracking a bit from the ends, gilt ornaments and leather title label on spine. (62219) (9792). Item #62219

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