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Regulations and Instructions Relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea

By His Majesty in Council

1808

W Winchester and Son : London

10.5" by 8.5"

viii, 440, [172], xxxiii, [2]pp

 

 

 

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An uncommon record of the official regulations governing the organization and discipline of the British Navy. This copy once belonged to George Augustus Westphal who took command of the HMS Jupiter.

The first edition of this work from this year. Uncommon in any edition, this is the official regulation for the Navy. Prior to 1731 every commander-in-chief had their own code of conduct and instructions for their ships. In 1731 the King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions were first issued. They were periodically revised following this. The only copies from this year on Copac are held at Legal Deposit libraries. This work has chapters on the officers in General of His Majesty's Navy, Rand and Command, Salutes, Military Honors and Ceremonies, Flags, Provisions, and much more. To the rear of the work to the tables at No 27 'Voluntary Charge' there is an inscription signed by 'George Westphal' in pencil. To the front pastedown there is 'Jupiter' written in a contemporary hand in pencil. The same hand has written to the margins of several pages stating what each paragraph is about, 'Clergyman' and 'Letters'. It appears that this copy was kept aboard the HMS Jupiter commanded by Westphal. George Westphal was a Nova Scotian admiral in the Royal Navy. During the Battle of Trafalgar he was midshipman on the HMS Victory. During the battle he was shot in the head and was laid next to the injured Nelson. Nelson's coat was given to Westphal as a pillow, although portions of it became glued to his head due to coagulation from his wound. He kept these fragments which were later used to authenticate Nelson's coat after it was purchased by Prince Albert from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Following the Battle of Trafalgar Wetphal served on HMS Ocean, HMS Caledonia, HMS Chesapeake and HMS Anaconda. Westphal received a promotion to post-captain in 1819 and took command of HMS Jupiter in 1822. HMS Jupiter was a 50-gun fourth rate launched in 1813. She was used as a troopship from 1837 and then a coal hulk from 1846. Westphal took Lord Amherst to India in the Jupiter so that he could serve as governor general. Upon his return to England, Westphal was knighted. A charming copy of this important work in military history which belonged to an important military figure.

CONDITION

In a full tree calf binding. Rebacked with the original spine laid down and the boards preserved. Externally, very smart with just the occasional light marks to boards. Internally, firmly bound. To the rear of the work to the tables at No 27 'Voluntary Charge' there is an inscription signed by 'George Westphal' in pencil. To the front pastedown there is 'Jupiter' written in a contemporary hand in pencil. The same hand has written to the margins of several pages stating what each paragraph is about, 'Clergyman' and 'Letters' Pages are bright with just the occasional scattered spots to pages, heavier to the first and last few pages.

Overall Condition: Very Good Indeed

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