State Papers Relating to the Defeat of The Spanish Armada Anno 1588
Publisher: Navy Records Society
2 volumes: lxxxiv+365+[1 ad] pages with tables and fold out map; 418+[2 ad] pages with tables, appendices and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") bound in half black cloth with gilt lettering to spine and white cloth boards with gilt blind stamped ship to covers. Second edition with corrections.
The Spanish Armada (Spanish: Grande y Felicï¿½sima Armada or Armada Invencible, literally "Great and Most Fortunate Navy" or "Invincible Fleet") was the Spanish fleet that sailed against England under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia in 1588, with the intention of overthrowing Elizabeth I of England and putting an end to her involvement in the Spanish Netherlands and in privateering in the Atlantic and Pacific.The fleet was to sail to Gravelines in Flanders and then to transport an army, under the Duke of Parma, across the Channel to England. The Armada reached and anchored outside Gravelines, but, while awaiting communications from Parma's army, it was driven out by an English fire ship attack. In the ensuing battle, the Spanish fleet was forced to abandon its rendezvous. The Armada managed to regroup and withdraw north, with the English fleet harrying it for some distance up the east coast of England. It was then decided that the fleet should return to Spain and the fleet sailed around Scotland and Ireland, but severe storms disrupted it. More than 24 vessels were wrecked on the coasts of Ireland. Of the fleet's initial 130 ships, about fifty never returned to Spain.The expedition was the largest engagement of the undeclared Angloï¿½Spanish War (1585ï¿½1604). The following year England organised a similar large-scale campaign against Spain, the Drake-Norris Expedition, also known as the Counter Armada of 1589.
Previous owner's inscription to front end paper volume I, small chip at spine head volume II. Lightly soiled with rubbing to extremities else a very good set.
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