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KNOCK, Sydney.

“Clear Lower Deck.”

An intimate study of the men of the Royal Navy.

Published: London, Philip Allan, 1932

Stock code: 47678

Price: £135

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First edition. Uncommon, particularly in jacket. More usually encountered as the “Nautilus Library” second edition of the following year. Knock served as a stoker from 1903 to 1924 and wrote this book in order to “reveal the soul of our first line of defence.” The reviewer in The Naval Review, although broadly critical of Knock’s opinions and tone, has to admit that; “The style is very readable throughout, and succeeds in making the author’s view perfectly clear. Although irritating at times, it is a point of view which is not uncommon among intelligent men on the lower deck… for naval officers who care to read [his opinions] there is undoubtedly food for thought.” Remains an excellent source for below-decks life in the early part of the twentieth century.

Octavo, original yellow cloth, title in black to spine. In the dust jacket. 8 plates. boards a little soiled at the edges, spine a touch mottled, endpapers differentially browned, light toning, occasional pencil remarks in the margins, but overall very good in rubbed, chipped, but largely complete jacket.

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