(ROYAL NAVY.) SLOANE-STANLEY, Cecil.
Reminiscences of a Midshipman’s Life from 1850-1856.
First trade edition, originally issued privately the same year; scarce: Copac lists 8 copies in British and Irish institutional libraries, and OCLC only 3 further copies internationally. The Times reviewed Sloane-Stanley’s book, describing it as “bright, cheery, and graphic”, and it is something of a minor classic on the Midshipman’s life in the Victorian navy, being cited at length in Brian Lavery’s recently published Nelson’s Victory: 250 Years of war and Peace (2015).
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2 volumes, square octavo. Original navy blue cloth, gilt lettered on spines and front covers, petterned endpapers. Spines rolled, fore-edges and prelms light foxed. A very good, bright set in the original cloth.