The Autobiography of a Seaman. With a Sequel Relating His Services in Liberating the Spanish and Portuguese Colonies in South America, in the War of the Greek Independence, and with an Account of His Later Life and Scientific Inventions - Thomas, Tenth Earl of Dundonald (Lord Thomas Cochrane) 1890 - Richard Bentley & Son, London - First Edition with Twelfth Earl of Dundonald’s Sequel. Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, Marquess of Maranhão (1775-1860), probably the greatest naval commander of his time, and possibly all time. Napoleon called him 'The Sea Wolf'. The man on which Forester modelled Horatio Hornblower, and the plot of Master and Commande and two other novels by Patrick O'Brian are taken directly from events in Cochcrane’s career.

Illustrated with eleven engraved plates, and four charts (two of which are folding).

‘there is no man I envy so much as Lord Cochrane’ - Lord Byron

‘History can produce few examples of such a man or of such achievements. There have been greater heroes because there have been heroes with greater opportunities, but no soldier or sailor of modern times ever displayed a more extraordinary capacity than the man who now lies dead.' -
The Times, 1860.
  pp. xxxiii 575 [1]. In publisher’s blue patterned cloth, lettered in gilt to the spine, anchors blocked in blind to front boards, burgundy patterned coated endpapers. Evidence of early, slightly over enthusiastic repair to spine end inner hinges.   Condition: Very good, evidence of early rather over enthusiastic repair to spine and inner hinges, light damp staining to first few pages, some foxing to plates, short chip to corner of page 1.   Ref: 108230   Price: HK$ 1,300