[RITCHIE, Sir Lewis Anselm da Costa.] "BARTIMEUS."
The Navy Eternal.
Which is the Navy-that-Floats, the Navy-that-Flies, and the Navy-under-the-Sea. Drawings by Douglas Swale.
First edition, first impression, of this naval novel of the First World War. The pseudonymous author was Sir Lewis Anselm da Costa Ritchie (1886–1967). His birth name was Ricci, anglicized by deed poll in 1941. He served in the Royal Navy from 1901 until the Second World War and retired as captain of the royal yacht. He was press secretary to King George VI from 1944 to 1947. The biblical Bartimaeus was a blind beggar cured by Jesus (Mark 10); Ritchie was blind in one eye.
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Octavo. Original light olive cloth, titles to spine and front in black, decoration to spine and front in black, blue and gold. Vignette illustrations in the text by Swale. A lovely copy, some mild spotting within, with the dust jacket slightly marked and with a few small tears to edges.