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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
Ian Allan, [Shepperton, 1988-93] 2 vols., 4to., First Edition, with illustrated title and very numerous photographs and maps throughout; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, clean set in the dustwrappers. Ian Allan's acclaimed 'Sea Battles in Close-Up' series, launched in 1970 and continued through to 1976, constitutes a landmark in British naval publishing. Compiled by a carefully selected cadre of authors, many of whom have since developed reputations as naval historians of international standing, the series was universally praised for its accuracy and detail. The first compendium volume (1988) collects eight of the original sixteen volumes, and adds two new engagements - Barents Sea and Midway; the second volume (1993) collects the remaining volumes. In this new edition, the original accounts are considerably revised and updated in the light of fresh evidence. (Book ref. 13049)
Ian Allan, [Shepperton, 1974] Sm. 8vo., First Edition, with very numerous maps and plates in the text, page-edges lightly browned as often; library binding with dustwrapper laminated over boards. Sold from an institution with prominent cancellation stamps on front free endpaper and title, and wanting front free endpaper. Very detailed assessment (as always in this excellent series) of the First and Second Battles. Scarce in any condition. Law, 0125. (Book ref. 5835)