Commodore Anson's World Voyage
Nevill Coghill's Copy
SOMERVILLE, Boyle Townshend

Commodore Anson's World Voyage

London: Heinemann, 1934

8vo, pp. 317. Original black boards, lettered in gilt to spine, sea horse device in gilt to front panel. Maps at endpapers. A little rubbed and bumped, but a well preservd copy lacking the dustwrapper.

First edition. AUTHOR'S NEPHEW NEVILL COGHILL'S COPY, WITH HIS OWNERSHIP SIGNATURE TO HALF-TITLE. Author's compliments slip pasted in to half-title.

Boyce Townshend Somerville [1863-1936] was a distinguished naval officer, retiring in 1919 having attained the rank of Vice-Admiral, and an eminent hydrographic surveyor who mapped the Persian Gulf, the waters of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and much of the British coastline. His published books include dictionaries of Pacific languages encountered during his naval career, as well as works of naval history such as The Chartmakers (1928) and this, penultimate work. His last book was Will Mariner (1934) all but finished at the time of his murder by the IRA for providing references for local boys looking to join the navy, an act which was instrumental in bringing about the IRA's proscription three months later. After her brother's death Edith prepared the book for publication: it duly appeared later the same year.

Somerville's nephew Nevill Coghill was the English literary scholar and teacher of W.H. Auden and Richard Burton, among many other. He was Professor of English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford (his ownership inscription here is so addressed).

A poignant family association.

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