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MAHAN (A.T), Rear-Admiral.: The Influence of Sea Power upon History 1660-1783. IN MERCHANT TAYLORS' PRIZE BINDING WITH BOOKPLATE
Sampson Low Marston & Co., [1890] 8vo., First UK Edition, with 18 plates containing 24 plans of naval battles, and 3 full-page maps and a large folding map on japon, small neat signature on front free endpaper; handsomely bound in full green calf, sides with double frame border stopped at corners by rosettes all in gilt enclosing the MT crest and caption elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt, back with five raised bands ruled in gilt, second compartment with leather label ruled and lettered in gilt, all other compartments ruled and tooled in gilt to a floral design, marbled edges, doublures tooled in blind, marbled endpapers, backstrip moderately sunned to brown (with most gilt reduced to blind) joints very lightly rubbed else a most attractive, remarkably bright, clean copy. With the impressive Merchant Taylors' School bookplate (blocked in gilt and framed in blue) on front paste-down. This copy was awarded as the Rickards History Prize for 1905. The bookplate is completed for F. Stroud Read, whose neat signature appears on front free endpaper. Mahan's most celebrated work, written whilst still a captain, and first published in Boston earlier the same year. It is here that Mahan coins the term 'sea power' and in a masterly opening chapter defines the elements of this concept. Thereafter he embarks on a stage-by-stage analysis of the maritime conflicts that resulted in Britain's naval supremacy, illustrating his strategic assessments with a flood of examples. After some while in the doldrums, Mahan's reputation as a naval historian and strategist is once again on the rise. A handsome copy. Albion, p.211; Hattendorf, A2b; NMM V/1 514 (Book ref. 18597) £280.00
Henderson (J): The Frigates. An Account of the lesser Warships of the Wars from 1793 to 1815. Drawings by Ernest E Yelf
Adlard Coles, [1970] 8vo., First Edition, with 16 plates, several maps in the text and pictorial endpapers; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the dustwrapper. Uncommon (Book ref. 18418) £28.00
MAHAN (A.T), Rear-Admiral.: The Influence of Sea Power upon History 1660-1783. IN FULL MOROCCO
Sampson, Low, Marston & Co., [1890] 8vo., First UK Edition, with 18 plates containing 24 plans of naval battles, and 3 full-page maps and a large folding map; handsomely bound in blue full morocco, gilt back, chocolate endpapers, a most attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. The gilt lettering from backstrip and gilt image from upper board are mounted on new preliminary leaves. Mahan's most celebrated work, written whilst still a captain and first published in Boston earlier the same year. It is here that Mahan coins the term 'sea power' and in a masterly opening chapter defines the elements of this concept. Thereafter he embarks on a stage-by-stage analysis of the maritime conflicts that resulted in Britain's naval supremacy, illustrating his strategic assessments with a flood of examples. After some while in the doldrums, Mahan's reputation as a naval historian and strategist is once again on the rise. Albion, p.211; Hattendorf, A2b; NMM V/1 514 (Book ref. 18070) £290.00
MAHAN (A.T), Rear-Admiral.: The Influence of Sea Power upon the French Revolution and Empire 1793-1812
Sampson, Low, Marston & Co., [1892] 2 vols., 8vo., First UK Edition, with 13 maps and battle-plans (a number folding), some light foxing; original pictorial cloth, gilt backs, gilt tops, uncut, corners lightly bruised else a very good, bright, clean copy. The second of Mahan's three great historical surveys of 'sea power' (a term coined by Mahan) which taken together cover the period 1660-1812. 'A valuable work, much more so than his 'Life of Nelson' (1897)', Albion. Albion, p.244; Hattendorf A4b; NMM V:I, 2163. (Book ref. 15323) £140.00
WILLIAMSON (J.A).: Hawkins of Plymouth. A new History of Sir John Hawkins and of the other Members of his Family prominent in Tudor England
A&C Black, [1949] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, 16 plates on 15 and 3 maps in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w, the latter lightly frayed and creased at edges. Scarce in this condition. Albion, p.90; NMM 2:i, 650. (Book ref. 14405) £24.00
HOGG (I) and J. BATCHELOR.: Naval Gun
Blandford Press, Poole, [1978] Roy. 4to., First Edition, with illustrated title-spread, very numerous coloured and monochrome illustrations and drawings in the text, and pictorial endpapers; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w. Well-illustrated survey of naval gunnery from broadside to Bofors. (Book ref. 14407) £22.00
Conyngham (G). Neeser (R.W), ed.: Letters and Papers relating to the Cruises of Gustavus Conyngham. a Captain of the Continental Navy 1777-1779. Edited by Robert Wilden Neeser
For the Naval History Society by The De Vinne Press, New York, 1915 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper, with a portrait frontispiece and 7 plates, all with captioned tissue guards; original decorative half vellum gilt, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, covers moderately age-soiled else a very good, internally clean copy. EDITION LIMITED TO 600 COPIES NUMBERED BY HAND. 'Publications of the Naval History Society', vol. VI. (Book ref. 14329) £142.00
MURRAY (T.B), Rev.: Pitcairn: the Island, the People, and the Pastor. To which is added a Short Notice of the Original Settlement and Present Condition of Norfolk Island. Eleventh Edition
SPCK, n.d. [c.1859] Sm. 8vo., Eleventh Edition, with an engraved frontispiece, 14 engraved plates and an engraved chart, contemporary signatures on front endpapers; original brown diced cloth, boards elaborately blocked in gilt and blind, backstrip blocked in pictorial gilt, yellow endpapers, neatly rebacked, a remarkably bright, clean copy in publisher's original pictorial binding. With 4pp publisher's catalogue bound in at end, and the binder's ticket of Trickett & Son on rear paste-down. With a relevant postcard and cutting loosely inserted. First published in 1853, this is arguably the best mid-nineteenth century account of the aftermath of the mutiny. Its publication was stimulated by a resurrection of public interest in the 'Bounty' saga following the visit to England in 1850 of the Pitcairn Pastor George Nobbs. The work includes considerable detail on the fate of the mutineers, their descendants and the present population; this edition benefits from 'additional intelligence respecting Pitcairn and the Islanders'. The Society continued to published the wortk in various editions until the early years of the twentieth century. Scarce in any early edition. (Book ref. 13353) £84.00
Martin (C) and G. Parker: The Spanish Armada
Hamish Hamilton, [1988] 4to., First Edition, with decorative title, very numerous coloured and monochrome illustrations in the text and endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, a very good, clean copy in the d/w. The authors combine much new research and newly discovered material to provide a clear explanation of the failure of Philip's fleet, together with some radical and unexpected conclusions. Supersedes all previous books on the Armada (Book ref. 13146) £24.00
BALLARD (G.A), Admiral.: The Black Battlefleet. [A Study of the Capital Ship in Transition. With a Foreword by Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of Burma]. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY
Nautical Publishing Company, Lymington & The Society for Nautical Research, Greenwich, [1980] Roy. 4to., First Edition, with very numerous photographs and double-page detailed line drawings in the text; cloth gilt, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped, lightly sunned d/w. A PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR WITH HIS SIGNED HOLOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON FRONT FREE ENDPAPER. The culmination of almost twenty years' research by the author, this is a standard reference on the evolution of the mid-Victorian Royal Navy. Crucially, Ballard was an eye-witness of the latter part of the period of which he wrote; even in 1929 there were not many men remaining with such experience first-hand. Much of the text appeared first as an extended series of papers in 'The Mariner's Mirror' from 1929 until the author's death in 1948. (Book ref. 12709) £112.00
Smith (P.[C]).: Hard Lying. The Birth of the Destroyer 1893-1913
Kimber, [1971] 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous photographs (many full-page) in the text; cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in price-clipped d/w. As usual with this author, a highly informative account. Covers the first twenty years of destroyer development, including pendant numbers and class tables. (Book ref. 12027) £22.00
ROYAL NAVY. HMS CARADOC.: With HMS Caradoc round South America. [Foreword by Captain H.R. Moore]
[Privately Printed, n.d.] [c.1930] Sm. 8vo., First and Sole Edition, with a frontispiece, portrait, and photographs and illustrations in the text; original decorative blue cloth blocked in gilt, gilt back, backstrip faded, neatly recased, a very good, clean copy. Compiled by members of the ship's company, this is a deceptively detailed account of the 'Caledon'-class cruiser HMS Caradoc on her 1929 tour of the South Atlantic. In her nine-month voyage she visited Bermuda, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Patagonia, the Falklands, Argentine, Uruguay and Brazil. During WWII she continued to serve with the American & West Indies fleet, moving then to the Eastern fleet and finally to the South Atlantic. She was sold for breaking up in 1946. A fine example of showing the flag in the 'golden age' between the wars. Apparently not in BLPC. Very scarce. (Book ref. 11169) £78.00
BALLEINE (G.R).: The Tragedy of Philippe d'Auvergne. Vice-Admiral in the Royal Navy and last Duke of Bouillon
Phillimore, [1973] 8vo., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, 7 plates on 4 and endpaper maps; cloth, gilt back, a fine copy in unclipped d/w, the latter very lightly faded at backstrip. (Book ref. 10959) £10.00
ALLIN (T), Sir. ANDERSON (R.C).: The Journals of Sir Thomas Allin 1660-1678. Edited by R C Anderson. EX-ADMIRALTY LIBRARY COPY FROM WWII
Navy Records Society, 1939[-1940] 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition, on laid paper; original series binding of white buckram blocked and ruled in gilt, navy blue buckram backs lettered in gilt, first volume uncut, boards mildly age-soiled as usual, boards of first volume lightly cockled, a very good, firm set. Navy Records Society, vols., 79 and 80. Vol. I: 1660-1666; Vol. II: 1667-1678Sold from the Admiralty Library with its cancelled wartime stamps on front endpapers, small stamps on titles and paper labels (browned) on backstrips. Scarce in the original edition. Navy Records Society, vols., 79 and 80. Vol. I: 1660-1666; Vol. II: 1667-1678. Sold from the Admiralty Library with its cancelled wartime stamps on front endpapers, small stamps on titles and paper labels (browned) on backstrips. Scarce in the original edition. Albion p.238; NMM 2:1, 243. (Book ref. 10780) £66.00
Hume (M.A.S): The Year after the Armada, and other historical Studies. Second Edition
T Fisher Unwin, 1896 8vo., Second Edition; cloth gilt, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy. Sold from an institution with its bookplate on front paste-down (Book ref. 10195) £24.00
ROYAL NAVY. ADMIRALTY.: The Navy List, corrected to the 20th December 1831. [A List of the Officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines with the Dates of their Seniority]
John Murray, [1832] Sm. 8vo., title moderately browned, outer margins and fore-edges very lightly browned; handsomely bound in blue cloth, morocco back, leather label lettered in gilt, original wrapper preserved, an attractive copy ideal as a gift or for presentation. Scarce. (Book ref. 10003) £70.00
WARNER (O), ed.: Great Sea Battles
Spring Books, [1971] Roy. 4to., Third Impression, with numerous coloured and monochrome illustrations in the text and pictorial endpapers, gift inscriptions on front free endpaper verso; boards, gilt back, a very good copy in the d/w. Warner's well-known survey was first published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 1963. (Book ref. 9726) £12.00
ACT OF PARLIAMENT. VICTORIA. ROYAL NAVY. Harbour Regulations: An Act to authorize further Harbour Regulations for the Protection of Her Majesty's Ships, Dockyards, and Naval Stations
Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, 1863 4 leaves, folio, with fine woodcut arms of Victoria on first leaf; disbound, a remarkably crisp, clean copy. 26 & 27 Victoriae, Cap. 30, receiving royal assent on 22 June 1863. (Book ref. 9127) £18.00
ACT OF PARLIAMENT. VICTORIA. ROYAL NAVY. ADMIRALTY.: An Act to facilitate the Appointment of Vice Admirals and of Officers in Vice Admiralty Courts in Her Majesty's Possessions abroad, and to confirm the past Proceedings, to extend the Jurisdiction, and to amend the Practice of those Courts
Printed by George Edward Eyre and William Spottiswoode, Printers to the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, 1863 An Act to facilitate the Appointment of Vice Admirals and of Officers in Vice Admiralty Courts in Her Majesty's Possessions abroad, and to confirm the past Proceedings, to extend the Jurisdiction, and to amend the Practice of those Courts.4 leaves, folio, with fine woodcut arms of Victoria on first leaf; disbound, a remarkably crisp, clean copy. 26 Victoriae, Cap. 24, receiving royal assent on 8 June 1863. (Book ref. 9131) £12.00
[Cochrane, Lord]. Mallalieu (J.P.W): Extraordinary Seaman. Illustrated by Mudge-Marriatt
MacGibbon & Kee, 1957 8vo., First Edition, with illustrations in the text, small neat inscription on front free endpaper; cloth, a near fine copy in unclipped d/w. The story of Captain Lord Robert Cochrane, tenth Earl of Dundonald, one of the most eminent, if remarkably under-written, figures of the eighteenth-century Royal Navy. (Book ref. 8859) £22.00