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FIRST REPORT OF THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR Rare and most important newspaper, The London Gazette, Extraordinary, Nov. 6, 1805, 4pp. 4to., with illustrated royal masthead and orange tax stamp. The issue of the "extra" edition contains the entirety of Adm. Chas. Collingwood's account of the Battle of Trafalgar - the defeat of the combined French and Spanish fleet and the death of Lord Horatio Nelson. Composed aboard the "Euryalus, off Cape Trafalgar, October 22, 1805", the report begins: "SIR, The ever to be lamented Death of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, who, in the late Conflict with the Enemy, fell in the Hour of Victory, leave to me the Duty of Informing my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty...", followed by an in-depth report of the events leading to the battle, and the famous sea-fight itself. Collingwood continues: "...The Action began at Twelve o'clock, by the leading Ships of the Columns breaking through the Enemy's line...the Conflict was severe; the Enemy's Ships were fought with a Gallantry highly honorable to their Officers, but the Attack on them was irresistible, and it pleased the Almighty Disposer of all Events, to grant His Majesty's Arms a complete and Glorious Victory...Such a Battle could not be fought without sustaining a great Loss of Men. I have not only to lament, in common with the British navy, and the British Nation, in the Fall of the Commander in Chief, the Loss of a Hero, whose Name will be immortal, and his name ever dear to his Country...". This historic newspaper also bears two complete "General Orders" issued by Collingwood and a dispatch to officers of the fleet. Collingwood's order, first printed here, would be reprinted on both sides of the Atlantic. A historic report of an epic sea battle.
Estimate $ 2,000-3,000

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