Sir Francis Drake.From the original in the Collection of The Most Noble The Marquis of Lothian. Proof.
London, Published March 1, 1820 by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor and Jones, and Longman, Hurst Rees, Orme & Brown.
Proof stipple engraving on india with very large margins. 360 x 260mm, 14¼ x 10¼", with 5pp. letterpress biography. Some blistering in the india, large margins.
Sir Francis Drake (1540 - 1596), admiral and circumnavigator, leaning on a globe. The most famous of all English seafarers, Drake earned his fame and fortune through his skilful seamanship and outstandingly successful piracy. His circumnavigation of the globe from 1577-81 involved a number of very profitable raids on Spanish ships and ports. Drake's increasingly frequent and serious attacks during the 1580s were an important factor contributing to Philips II's decision to launch the Armada against England in 1588. Drake served as vice-admiral of the English fleet which defeated the Armada. He died of dysentery on an unsuccessful raid on San Juan, Puerto Rico. For Thomas Birch's 'Heads of the Illustrious Persons of Great Britain' 1743-52. The portrait, after an unknown artist, was published in Edmund Lodge's 'Portraits Of Illustrious Personages Of Great Britain. Engraved From Authentic Pictures...'. The firm of Lackington, Hughes (el al) had published the first edition of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' two years before.
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