Tue, 8th Nov 2016 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Torch')

 
  Lot 86
 

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WILLIAM SHOVELLER, SURGEON RN: AN INTERESTING...

WILLIAM SHOVELLER, SURGEON RN: AN INTERESTING ARCHIVE OF NAPOLEONIC-ERA SHIPBOARD LETTERS
comprising 17 letters spanning 12th January 1798 - 18th July 1813 and addressed to his sister Betsy and one to his brother Thomas, in all 53 pages, 4to and 2 folio, all with remains of wax seals and various postmarks
(A lot)

An interesting collection of affectionate letters to his sister in which, in the first letter, he describes Christmas on H.M.S. Isis (50 guns). By 1801 his new ship, the Romney (also 50 guns) is anchored in the Bay of Bengal and in 1802 he describes a visit to the Court of the Pacha in Cairo. By May 1804 he was back at sea following a stint in St George's Hospital, London during the peace of Amiens. In May of that year he was on the Leviathan (74 guns), where we joined Lord Nelson off Toulon. In the next letters the Leviathan retained its position in the blockade of Toulon, A signal is just made on the Victory to send letters to England'. In May 1805 he remarked we have at length quitted the straights [sic] and mean to wait off Cape Finistre [sic] for orders to pursuing the French Fleet, we think they are gone to the West Indies. Leviathan fought at Trafalgar just three ships behind Victory in the windward column and was engaged in heavy fighting. Shoveller's journals of the Trafalgar period are kept at the National Archives and are regarded as one of the most coherent accounts of the medical procedures carried out in the wake of the battle.

Sold for £1,488
Estimated at £400 - £600

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
some split, some lacunae with slight loss of text.

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WILLIAM SHOVELLER, SURGEON RN: AN INTERESTING ARCHIVE OF NAPOLEONIC-ERA SHIPBOARD LETTERS
comprising 17 letters spanning 12th January 1798 - 18th July 1813 and addressed to his sister Betsy and one to his brother Thomas, in all 53 pages, 4to and 2 folio, all with remains of wax seals and various postmarks
(A lot)

An interesting collection of affectionate letters to his sister in which, in the first letter, he describes Christmas on H.M.S. Isis (50 guns). By 1801 his new ship, the Romney (also 50 guns) is anchored in the Bay of Bengal and in 1802 he describes a visit to the Court of the Pacha in Cairo. By May 1804 he was back at sea following a stint in St George's Hospital, London during the peace of Amiens. In May of that year he was on the Leviathan (74 guns), where we joined Lord Nelson off Toulon. In the next letters the Leviathan retained its position in the blockade of Toulon, A signal is just made on the Victory to send letters to England'. In May 1805 he remarked we have at length quitted the straights [sic] and mean to wait off Cape Finistre [sic] for orders to pursuing the French Fleet, we think they are gone to the West Indies. Leviathan fought at Trafalgar just three ships behind Victory in the windward column and was engaged in heavy fighting. Shoveller's journals of the Trafalgar period are kept at the National Archives and are regarded as one of the most coherent accounts of the medical procedures carried out in the wake of the battle.