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SOMERVILLE, Boyle Townshend

Commodore Anson's World Voyage

London: Heinemann, 1934

8vo, pp. 317. Original boards. Portions of illustrated dustwrapper pasted in to preliminaries. Maps at endpapers. Plain brown homemade dustwrapper, handwritten title labels to front panel and spine. A little spotting to leading edge, but a very good copy.

First edition. EDITH SOMERVILLE'S COPY, INSCRIBED TO HER ON HALF-TITLE BY HER BROTHER, THE AUTHOR: 'For Edith with love from Boyle. Oct. 29th 1934.' Author's printed card tipped in to title page, front panel of dustwrapper initialled in pencil by Edith and pasted in to half-title verso.

Edith Somerville [1858-1949] is best known as the co-author, with her cousin Violet Martin, of the Irish R.M. stories. Her brother, Boyce Townshend Somerville [1863-1936] was a distinguished naval officer, retiring in 1919 having attained the rank of Vice-Admiral, and an eminent hydrographic surveyor who mapped the Persian Gulf, the waters of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and much of the British coastline. His published books include dictionaries of Pacific languages encountered during his naval career, as well as works of naval history such as The Chartmakers (1928) and this, penultimate work. His last book was Will Mariner (1934) all but finished at the time of his murder by the IRA for providing references for local boys looking to join the navy, an act which was instrumental in bringing about the IRA's proscription three months later. After her brother's death Edith prepared the book for publication: it duly appeared later the same year.

A poignant association.



Keywords: Boyle Townshend SOMERVILLE Edith SOMERVILLE"
£500.00


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