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LOCKER, Edward Hawke. Memoirs of celebrated naval commanders, illustrated by engravings from original pictures in the naval gallery of greenwich hospital.

[London]. Harding and Lepard, 1832. First edition.
Quarto. [12], 12, 13, [1], 19, [1], 13, [1], 13, [1], 11, [1], 15, [1], 11, [1], 16, 12, 8, 11, [1], 16, 13, [1], 22, 41, [1], 8, 3, [1], 15, [1], 12pp. With 20 engraved plates. Contemporary navy calf tooled in gilt and blind, marbled boards, A.E.G. Some rubbing. Short marginal tear to one leaf, light foxing to plates, else internally clean and crisp. Subscriber's copy, ownership inscription of 'Vice Admiral / Sir Graham E. Hamond / 1838', with his armorial bookplate to FEP.
The first edition of Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital administrator Edward Hawke Locker's (1777-1849) substantial companion to the art collection of The Naval Gallery. Locker had founded the gallery in 1823 as a charitable institution with the aim of raising funds for the hospital. George IV approved of the scheme and provided numerous works from the Royal Collection which would form the core of the galleries holdings. In 1936 the collection passed to the newly founded National Maritime Museum. Memoirs of celebrated naval commanders provides biographical accounts for several of the most renowned heroes of Britain's maritime history, including the exalted Captain James Cook, each accompanied by an engraved reproduction of the portrait held by the gallery.

Sir Graham Eden Hamond (1779-1862), respected naval officer notable for his commands during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Following a distinguished career, including a period serving as Commander-in-Chief, South American Station, Hamond would attain the rank of Admiral of the Fleet.
£ 750.00 Antiquates Ref: 15557