Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain, from the year 1727, to the present time.

  • Beatson, Robert
  • London: Printed for J. Strachan 1790
  • ESTC T130902; Sabin 4145.


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FIRST EDITION, 3 vols., 8vo, pp. xvi, 392, 88; xi, [i], 431, [1], 164; ix, [i], 237, [1], 199, [1, errata]. Untrimmed and partially unopened in original blue paper boards backed in cream paper, spines lettered in ink. Occasional light toning and spotting. Bindings rather soiled, edges a touch worn. Small library stamp to verso of title-pages.


Robert Beatson (1742-1818), friend of Adam Smith, served in the Royal Engineers in the 1750s but turned his hand to writing after being unable to restart his military career during the American Revolutionary War. This is 'a useful work, in which the naval element predominates. To the narrative are appended lists of the ships in the squadrons and fleets of France and Spain as well as of Great Britain during the period dealt with, and also despatches, state papers, and geographical descriptions of the places referred to in the text' (DNB). This first edition, ending with the events of 1762, is scarcer than the 1804 second edition, which expanded the coverage through to 1783 and the close of the American Revolutionary War.

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