Fear God and Dread Nought: The Correspondence of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Fisher of Kilverstone Volume I: The Making of an Admiral 1854-1904 by Edited by Arthur J. [Jacob] Marder soon to be presented for sale on the top-quality BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Jonathan Cape, 1952, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Jacket illustration: Portrait of Admiral Fisher by Augustus John. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs ; Portrait to the frontispiece;
From the cover: Regarded by the Royal Navy in his lifetime either as a genius who raised the efficiency of the Fleet to a peak never reached before, or as an evil old man who played havoc with naval discipline and efficiency, Jacky Fisher was, in Professor Marders opinion, Britains greatest admiral since Nelson.
A fresh appraisal of Lord Fisher and his work and influence is now possible, thanks to the letters, so fresh and vigorous, which Professor Marder has brought to light and brilliantly edited, without any judicious omissions whatever. This first volume covers, in the period 1859-1904, Fishers progress from midshipman to First Sea Lord. Besides revealing much about British naval policy and the Royal Navy generally in the Ironclad era, it brings out all the picturesque forcefulness of Fishers character. He found a Navy paralysed by dead formulae; his electrifying ardour for efficiency and reform left it vibrating with a new and intense life.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with staining to the reverse. Boards dulled and a little marked. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 377 pages. Index. 9″ x 6″.