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The History of H.M. Navigation School, 1729-1926.

Published: Portsmouth: H.M. Navigation School, 1926

Stock code: 105484

Price: £450

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Carbon copy typescript of an interesting history, later printed in The Naval Review (1926, volume 4, issue 14, pp. 792-820); the original is at the Royal United Services Institution (finding reference: RUSI/NM/159). The only copy held in other public institutions is that at the Australian Defence Force Academy Library but this appears to be a 31 page offprint from the Naval Review. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: “Lord Jellicoe, with the compliments of the Author. September, 1926”. Rear Admiral Robert Kirk Dickson DSO (1898-1952) captained the minelayer “Manxman” (October 1940-December 1942) as part of Force “X” during the Mediterranean convoys of World War II: “On his return from Operation Style, Admiral Somerville began planning for an air attack on targets in Northern Sardinia to take place at the same time so as to create a diversion for a minelaying operation in the Gulf of Genoa. He proposed that the new fast minelayer, “Manxman”, Captain R. K. Dickson, should be employed to lay mines off Leghorn” (The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Volume II: November 1940-December 1941, p. 163). On 1 December 1942 “Manxman” was hit twice by U-375 and despite being severely damaged reached Oran under tow. Dickson later served as Chief of Naval Information at the Admiralty.

Square octavo. Presentation blue cloth, gilt lettered spine with anchor motifs. From the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), commander of the Grand Fleet at Jutland (31 May – 1 June 1916). Spine sunned, covers patchily faded; internally clean and crisp.

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