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Jenkins' Naval Achievements (1817)
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Naval Achievements


The Naval Achievements of Great Britain, From the Year 1793 to 1817, by James Jenkins, first published in 1817. Now available, with a new foreword by the publisher in a limited edition of 450 copies only.

From the modern naval novels of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian, the reader is taken right to the front of many hard fought actions during the days of fighting sail. We know that both authors drew widely upon contemporary accounts in order to ensure historic accuracy. With their added skill in written description and created dialogue, all the flavour of ship board life and the desperate struggle of winning in single ship or fleet actions is brought alive within the readers imagination.

But was there something else to assist the author's eye in seeing the condition and effect of the weather on a full rigged man of war? Was there a source for viewing the positions of opposing fleets at critical moments in a major engagement or in the quick witted manoeuvre of a frigate captain which exposed his enemy's stern to a raking broadside?

"Yes" is the answer, and probably the most important contemporary visual source is found in The Naval Achievements of Great Britain, 1793 to 1817 by James Jenkins, which was first published in 1817.

In the words of Roger Quarm of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England:

"As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years Jenkins' Naval Achievements has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 had a publisher attempted such a complete volume of documentary naval prints."
"It is the quality of the accuracy which makes Jenkins so valuable above all, and it is the pictures rather than the text to which the value can be attributed."

Fifty five water-colours were painted by Thomas Whitcombe (54) and Nicolas Pocock (1) which formed the basis for the coloured aquatint plates that are the body of this large format presentation of sea fights. Jenkins has not been reprinted since its last printing around 1830, and today it is a very scarce book caused mainly by the original volumes being broken up, so that the plates may be framed and sold individually. Today, a single plate from Jenkins sells for around £250.

Technical Specification:

Publication date: 1st August 1998, the bicentenary of Lord Nelson's victory at the Battle of the Nile.

Content: 288 pages including two blank leaves as end papers. 57 coloured plates, which include portraits of Lord Nelson (after De Koster) and Earl St. Vincent (after Beechey). Of the 55 remaining coloured plates of sea fights under sail, 54 are by Thomas Whitcombe and one is by Nicolas Pocock. The original aquatint plates are in the main engraved by T. Sutherland, with a few by J. Jeakes and J. Bailey. The original copy used for this 1998 limited edition is an original Subscription Copy. It is identified by the additional two portrait plates, uncoloured title vignette, names of subscribers list and Whatman paper watermarks for the text and plates, all being 1816 or earlier. The original edition was published in March, 1817.

Origination and printing of the colour plates: The Stochastic Process is employed. Stochastic is a technology using a non screen scanning technique which produces very high density data as micro dot patterns of colour. The result is one of effectively continuous colour flow with very high definition of varying shades. Colour separation is enhanced through the micro dot not being in conflict with neighbouring elements, as one may find in traditional screen based scanning techniques. In addition to this, the scan is taken from the original Jenkins plate, thus removing the interference created in colour translation by producing a colour photo image.

Origination and Printing of the uncoloured text: Traditional black and white half tone photography is used, as this produces the best image results in terms of black and shades of black.

Paper: Mohawk Superfine Softwhite Eggshell 148gsm is an acid freematt finish paper which is very similar to the weight and colour of the original Whatman paper.

Binding: Each book is bound by hand and incorporates the french groove technique which provides added strength to the book cover hinge. The binding has gold tooling applied to the spine incorporating nautical devices as well as the title. Complete with dust jacket and green card slip case.

Patrick O'Brian said of this book:

"I think the reprint of Jenkins is quite a remarkably successful piece of book production and I send you my hearty congratulations on the quality of your paper, colour reproduction, letterpress and binding."

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Title page
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Plate VII
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Plate XVII

David Steel
First published 1817, reprinted 1998 Sim Comfort Associates

Naval Achievements (13.75" x 10.5" / 335mm x 270mm).
Bound in Blue Buckram with gilt title and devices housed in a green card case.
Foreword by the publisher.

Limited edition of 450 copies only
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List of Plates
Plate 01
View of Gibraltar
Plate 02
Capture of La Cleopatre, 18 June 1793
Plate 03
Capture of La Reunion, 21 October 1793
Plate 04
Destruction of the French Fleet at Toulon, 18 December 1793
Plate 05
Capture of La Pomone, L'Engageant & La Babet, 23 April 1794
Plate 06
Capture of the Castor, 29 May 1794
Lord Howe in the Queen Charlotte, breaking the enemy's line, 29 May 1794
Plate 08
Lord Howe's victory, 1 June 1794
Plate 09
Capture of La Pique, 5 January 1795
Plate 10
Lord Hotham's Action, 14 March 1795
Plate 11
Capture of La Gloire, 10 April 1795
Plate 12
Capture of La Prevoyante and La Raison, 17 May 1795
Plate 13
Lord Bridport's Action off L'Orient, 23 June 1795
Plate 14
Capture of La Minerve, 24 June 1795
Plate 15
Capture of the Mahonesa, 13 October 1795
Plate 16
Capture of La Proserpine, 13 June 1796
Capture of La Tribune, 8 June 1796
Plate 18
Capture of La Desius, 25 November 1796
Plate 19
Battle of Cape St. Vincent, 14 February 1797
Plate 20
Capture of L'Hercule, 20 April 1797, [1798]
Plate 21
Action off Camperdown, 11 October 1797
Plate 22
Capture of La Nereide, 21 December 1797

Plate 23

Capture of La Confiante, 31 May 1798
Plate 24
Capture of the Dorothea, 15 July 1798
Plate 25
Capture of the Liguria, 7 August 1798
Plate 26 & 27
Battle of the Nile, 1 August 1798
Plate 28
Capture of La Loire, 18 October 1798
Plate 29
Capture of L'Immortalite', 20 October 1798
Plate 30
Capture of the Furie & Waakzamheid, 23 October 1798
Plate 31
Capture of La Forte, 28 February 1799
Plate 32
Capture of La Vestale, 20 August 1799
Plate 33
Cutting out the Hermione from the Harbour of Porto Cavallo, 25 October 1799
Plate 34
Capture of La Desiree, 7 July 1800
Plate 35
Capture of La Vengeance, 21 August 1800
Plate 36 & 37
Destruction of the Danish Fleet before Copenhagen, 2 April 1801
Plate 38
Battle of Cabareta Point, 12 July 1801
Plate 39
Capture of La Chiffonne, 19 August 1801
Plate 40
Capture and destruction of four Spanish Frigates, 5 October 1804
Plate 41
Sir Robt. Calder's Action, 22 July 1805
Plate 42, 43 & 44
Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805
Plate 45
Sir Richard Strachan's Action, 4 November 1805
Plate 46
Sir J. T. Duckworth's Action off St. Domingo, 6 Feb 1806
Plate 47
Capture of the Maria Riggersbergen, 18 October 1806
Plate 48
Capture of the Badere Zaffer, 6 July 1808
Plate 49
Destruction of the French Fleet at Basque Roads, 12 April 1809
Plate 50
Capture of Le Sparviere, 3 May 1810
Plate 51
Capture of the Island of Banda, 9 August 1810
Plate 52
Capture of the Chesapeake, 1 June 1813
Plate 53
Capture of the Argus, 14 August 1813
Plate 54
Capture of La Clorinde, 26 February 1814
Plate 55
Bombardment of Algiers, 27 August 1816

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