Two Admirals: Admiral of The Fleet Sir Fairfax Moresby, G.C.B., K.M.T., D.C.L. (1786-1877) And His Son, John Moresby. A Record of Life and Service in The British Navy for A Hundred Years. With Portraits and Illustrations.

  • Moresby, John
  • London: John Murray 1909




FIRST EDITION, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR, 8vo, pp. xii, 419, [1] + frontispiece, 16 plates and 3 maps, 1 of which folding. Modern quarter leather, red cloth boards. Paper toned, some spotting and foxing, map with handling tears, most repaired. Signed to flyleaf ‘Admiral John Moresby, ‘the author,’ Fareham, March 28th 1920,’ additional Morseby signature to portrait plate, ink note in the author’s hand to p. 52, small photograph of the author pasted to end of preface, cutting from Who’s Who relating to Moresby pasted to flyleaf, ownership inscription of ‘J.G. Price, Boltey in Fareham’ to verso of half-title and of W. Hizzey to flyleaf.


Rear Admiral John Moresby (1830-1922) explorer and naval officer, was the first European to see Papua New Guinea, where the capital city of Port Moresby is named in honour of his father, then-Admiral of The Fleet Sir Fairfax Moresby (1786-1877), the second subject of this biography. John Moresby has signed this copy both to the flyleaf and to his portrait, on a plate opposite page 264, and noted at the start of a chapter that he disguised HMS America in this account as HMS Xenophon. The young Moresby was serving on HMS America when its captain John Gordon took the ship off station and was subsequently court-martialled.

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