H.M.S. Dauntless: South America and the Straits, 1932-1935

[BEASLEY, Frank Mountifort, editor]. H.M.S. "Dauntless": South America and the Straits, 1932-1935.

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[BEASLEY, Frank Mountifort, editor]. H.M.S. "Dauntless": South America and the Straits, 1932-1935. Flood & Son Ltd. [?for the editor], [1935].

8vo (182 x 120mm). Original green moiré cloth, upper board lettered and decorated in gilt with the ship's arms, spine lettered in gilt, cream endpapers; pp. i-xv, [1 (blank)], [1]-224, followed by (printed on a loosely-inserted bifolium): 225-227 ('Note. -- Continuation of Chapter Headed "Concluding Weeks." (Received after going to press).'), [1 (blank)]; half-tone illustrations throughout, many full-page, and 2 full-page maps; extremities very lightly rubbed, binding slightly faded, a few light marks, otherwise a very good copy, retaining the loosely-inserted bifolium with the final pages; provenance: Stoker E.W. Wade, HMS Dauntless, 1935 (ownership inscription on front free endpaper).
First and only edition of this privately-printed memoir. The narrative of HMS Dauntless' Commission on the South America and Mediterranean Station, during which (despite the usual party and official visits protocol), she also performed the Grey Diplomat role. HMS Dauntless 'was launched in 1918 for service in the Atlantic Fleet, her activities including her part in the bombardment of Reval, since when she has made a world cruise, continuing with service on the Mediterranean and China stations until 1928, when she became attached to the America and West Indies squadron. She was recommissioned at Portsmouth on 27th July, 1932, for further service on the South American Division of the station, and commanded by Captain C.O. Alexander, R.N.' (p. ix). She was sold for breaking in 1946. This privately-printed memoir is uncommon on the market, and this copy is particularly interesting for its contemporary ownership inscription by a member of the ship's company, and the presence of the ephemeral and easily-misplaced supplementary text.