Sketches from my Life

Autobiography of Hobart Pasha, English naval captain and Ottoman Turkish admiral


Admiral Hobart Pasha


Longmans, Green & Co, London, 1887
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Printing Details

Third edition, hardback bound in the original brown cloth with gilt titling to spine and printed titling and flag decoration to upper board. 19.5 × 12.5cm, vi + 282pp.

The autobiography of Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden (1822–1886), an English naval captain and Ottoman Turkish admiral, the third son of the 6th Earl of Buckinghamshire. In 1835 he entered the Royal Navy and served as a midshipman on the coast of Brazil in the suppression of the slave trade, displaying much gallantry in the operations. In 1862 he retired from the navy with the rank of Postcaptain; but his love of adventure led him, during the American Civil War, to take the command of a blockade runner. In 1867 Hobart entered the Turkish service, and was immediately nominated to the command of that fleet, with the rank of Bahrie Limassi (rear-admiral). In this capacity he helped to suppress the insurrection in Crete, and was rewarded by the Sultan with the title of Pasha (1869). In command of the Ottoman squadron he completely dominated the Black Sea, blockading the ports of South Russia and the mouths of the Danube, and paralysing the action of the Russian fleet.


This copy is in very good condition, but there is a slight lean to the spine and a few spots of foxing to the prelims.

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