[TAPRELL DORLING, Henry.] TAFFRAIL.
Being an Account of the Work of the Minesweepers in the Great War.
First edition, first impression. Taffrail was the pseudonym of Captain Henry Taprell Dorling who served in the Royal Navy during World War I and II; he was a prolific writer of naval fiction and non-fiction. Presentation copy with author’s inscription to front free endpaper: “His Royal Highness, The Master of the Merchant Navy and of the Fishing Fleets, with the respectful duty of the author Taprell Dorling. September 1935.” With sales plate on front pastedown, from Sotheby’s Duke and Duchess of Windsor New York auction (11-19 September 1997).
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Octavo. Original black cloth with white frame, titles in white to spine and front board, top edge black. With photographic frontispiece, 23 photographic plates, 11 maps and diagrams in text. Slightly dusty and rubbed spine with a few tears at corners and slightly crumpled ends, front and rear boards slightly rubbed, tanned edges. A very good copy with slight browning to half-title and front free endpaper.