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BACON (Adml. Sir R.H.) The Life of Lord Fisher of Kilverstone, Admiral of the Fleet, OM, GCB, GCVO, LLD. 1st Ed., 2 Vols., xxviii+312pp., 23 plates & vii+328pp., 15 plates.H&S. 1929  #60448
[HLMainPic] For many years the standard biography of Jackie Fisher: "The first authorized biography: sympathetic to its subject but not slavishly so. Outdated in important respects, yet still useful..." - Marder. This copy in excellent & sumptuous contemp. full blue calf by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, boards with gilt rules, sp. with raised bands & decorated compartments, possibly the author's own copy with neatly tipped-in envelope to front blank of Vol. I containing letter to the author: "My dear Admiral, Your book is a really great work. The picture of Jacky is extraordinarily accurate and complete... I have read it slowly and critically, living again in memory through all the events in which he and I worked together... I loved Jacky, his genius, his courage, his bouyant spirits... Thank you for writing the book and keeping our beloved friend's name and fame fresh and enduring. Yours ever sincerely R. McKennna" i.e. Rt. Hon. Reginald McKenna, who features frequenty in the work. McKenna was a Liberal politician & First Lord of the Admiralty 1908-11: as such he worked closely with Fisher during the Dreadnought building programme. He became Home Secretary in 1911 & Chancellor of the Exchequer under Asquith in 1915, & during the war he raised taxes considerably in order to pay for the war effort then retired from public life when Asquith's government fell at the end of 1916. A lvery nice & interesting copy. See illustration on our website.   £225


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