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The Floating Prison

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In 1806, after 10 years at sea, Lieutentant Garneray was anxious to return to France when his ship was captured by the Royal Navy. He was confined, with hundreds of others, in the cramped quarters of one of the prison hulks off Portsmouth, where he remained for 9 years. Later, in the book Mes Pontons, he would recount his experience in what is considered to be the longest and most detailed account of life on a prison hulk. By turns violent and poignant, dark and humorous, the book is a compelling page-turner that sheds light on a hitherto largely neglected area of British naval history. Although it has been criticised since its original publication in 1851 of taking dramatic licence, many of the events told would almost certainly have occurred, and Richard Rose has drawn on his extensive research into French prisoners-of-war and RN administration of the period to add annotations that address the more fanciful elements of the text. Following his release. Louis Garneray became a distinguished maritime artist in his own country, and some of his paintings together with the etchings he drew for the original edition are included here. 

Book has red cloth covered board with gilt lettering to the spine. In good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound. One deep dent near the top right-hand side of the rear board which has caused a small tear in same area, otherwise condition is very good. Printed in 2003, first edition. 

Item details

Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Louis Garneray
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
EAN-13:
9780851779423
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780851779423
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
246
Publisher:
Conway Maritime

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In 1806, after 10 years at sea, Lieutentant Garneray was anxious to return to France when his ship was captured by the Royal Navy. He was confined, with hundreds of others, in the cramped quarters of one of the prison hulks off Portsmouth, where he remained for 9 years. Later, in the book Mes Pontons, he would recount his experience in what is considered to be the longest and most detailed account of life on a prison hulk. By turns violent and poignant, dark and humorous, the book is a compelling page-turner that sheds light on a hitherto largely neglected area of British naval history. Although it has been criticised since its original publication in 1851 of taking dramatic licence, many of the events told would almost certainly have occurred, and Richard Rose has drawn on his extensive research into French prisoners-of-war and RN administration of the period to add annotations that address the more fanciful elements of the text. Following his release. Louis Garneray became a distinguished maritime artist in his own country, and some of his paintings together with the etchings he drew for the original edition are included here. 

Book has red cloth covered board with gilt lettering to the spine. In good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound. One deep dent near the top right-hand side of the rear board which has caused a small tear in same area, otherwise condition is very good. Printed in 2003, first edition. 

Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Louis Garneray
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
EAN-13:
9780851779423
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-13:
9780851779423
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
246
Publisher:
Conway Maritime

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