[ Captain William Pryce Cumby, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Wm: Pryce Cumby') to the London solicitor Thomas Wiglesworth, the first regarding a repaired chronometer, the second a power of attorney.

Captain William Pryce Cumby (1771-1837), Royal Navy, hero of the Battle of Trafalgar while commanding HMS Bellerophon [ Thomas Wiglesworth, London solicitor ]
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Both letters from East Hall, Middleton Tyas [ Yorkshire ]. 23 February and 1 July 1819.

Early on during the Battle of Trafalgar, Lieutenant Cumby's captain John Cooke was mortally wounded, leaving Cumby in command of HMS Bellerophon during 'the most glorious battle ever fought at sea'. According to John Marshall's 'Royal Naval Biography' (1823): 'At this early period of the battle, the Bellerophon was closely engaged with the Monarca, as well as l’Aigle, and exposed to a distant cannonade from three other of the enemy’s ships.

The Gaberlunzie's Wallet. With numerous illustrations on steel and wood.

Anon. [James Ballantine] [Sir James Ranken Fergusson (1835-1924)]
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Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Prince's Street; Tilt & Bogue; and R. Tyas, London. 1843. [Edinburgh: Printed by McPherson & Syme, 31 East Rose Lane.]

INSCRIBED to 'James R. Fergusson Esq with the kind regards of James Ballantine | Edin[burg]h 16th May 1870'. With Fergusson's armorial bookplate on front pastedown. 8vo: 311 pp. Plates throughout (not listed) and numerous illustrations in text. In original printed grey boards with grotesque illustration on front and blue cloth spine (New Edition" - only on cover). Stabbed as issued (bound up by the publisher from parts?). Tight, but on aged paper with occasional light staining, and wear to extremities. Boards heavily worn, with 3 cm closed tear at head of rear.

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