Captain Spencer Vassall, Royal Navy. [Ex-libris bookplate/label.]
Engraved armorial bookplate, on paper, with humorous motto 'Every Bullet has its Billet'. Sheet 115 x 75mm. 4½ x 3". A little creased; chipped at lower right edge.
The interesting design incorporates a goblet, three-masted warship, and the fortress at Montevideo, Uruguay; also the half-sun national symbol of that country. Britain was involved in various naval operations during the struggle for independence of European possessions in South America in the first half of the 19th century. The 1828 Treaty of Montevideo, fostered by the United Kingdom, gave birth to Uruguay as an independent state. Spencer Lambert Hunter Vassall was born on 17 May 1799 and died at 29, Hyde Park Gardens on 29 May 1846. He served in the Royal Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant in 1819 and Commander in 1827.
[Ref: 25959] £95.00