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NARES, George Strong.

The Naval Cadet’s Guide;

or, Seaman's Companion; or Seaman's Companion: containing Practical Rules for Fitting and Placing Riggings, Managing Sails, &c.; Complete Illustrations of all the Standing Riggings, the Knots, Bends, and Hitches, in Use; and a Catechism on rigging Ships, Boat Sailing, Bending, Reefing, and Furling Sails, Working Anchor Gear, Manœuvring &c. Used on Board H.M.S. Britannia, with the Sanction of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

Published: Portsea & London: James Griffin & Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860

Stock code: 110656

Price: £450

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First edition. First publication of the Arctic explorer, later Sir George, “which, under the title Seamanship, ran to several editions and was regarded as the best such manual of its day” (ODNB). Extensively, clearly illustrated this really is a model of explanation for the late age of sail. Armorial bookplate of Edmund Bourke of Urey and Jamaica, RN to the front pastedown. Bourke claimed the Cook Islands as a protectorate of Britain when captain of HMS Hyacinth in 1888. The Witt copy, bookplate of Mario and Fiametta Witt the front front free endpaper.

Octavo (207 129 mm). Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, dark green morocco label, low flattened bands with gilt floral roll, compartments attractively gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Tissue-guarded steel engraved frontispiece, “Keep her Bows up”, engraved by C. Simms after F. Piercy, printed on fine paper and mounted, 28 steel-engraved plates two of them folding, and two with hand colour, 2 extensively folding lithographed plates. A little rubbed and soiled, corners bumped, front hinge slightly cracked, light browning throughout, and a scatter of foxing, overall a very good copy.

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