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  1. 116681
    Second edition, first published the previous year. This handsomely bound set fulfils Southey's wish to create a pocket edition, "clear and concise enough to become a manual for the young sailor, which he may carry about with him" (Preface). His Life of Nelson has rarely lapsed from print, and has been the cornerstone of... Learn More
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  2. 116665
    First edition of the first significant post-Trafalgar life of Nelson (the frontispiece is dated 7 January 1806), attractively presented here in the original boards. Charnock was prompted to write his biography by Nelson's "teacher, friend, and correspondent" (ODNB) Captain William Locker ("by him the present work was suggested"):... Learn More
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  3. 117485
    A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido,... Learn More
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  4. 130726comp
    First US edition, first printing, inscribed twice by the author; firstly to the title page "with my best wishes to Mr R L Patterson, A H Rostron, Nov. 11th 1935", and additionally to the frontispiece, "Sincerely A H Rostron". Accompanying this work are two signed autograph letters from the author to Patterson. The first,... Learn More
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  5. 127135
    First edition. Verney's fascinating diary of the naval brigade of HMS Shannon's campaign in India. Led by Sir William Peel, son of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, the men saw action twice at Lucknow and in the battle of the Kallee-Nuddee. Peel was wounded at Lucknow and died of smallpox shortly after; "his services in the... Learn More
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  6. 125965
    First English edition. Exceedingly uncommon, a single copy cited by Adams & Waters, at the Ministry of Defence, and only one other copy located in ESTC, COPAC, and OCLC, at Oxford. Not found in the National Maritime Museum's online catalogue.
    This translation of Michelot's Le portulan de partie de la Mer Mediterranée... Learn More
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  7. 127130
    First edition. Williams was the chaplain onboard HMS Pearl, whose crew were called upon to help put down the Indian Mutiny. After sailing to South America, Honolulu and the Sandwich Islands, the ship's company hears news of the uprising while docked in Hong Kong. Along with HMS Shannon, the ship was sent to Calcutta. Williams... Learn More
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  8. 129164
    Second Edition, first published the previous year. McLeod was the Surgeon of the Alceste which carried Lord Amherst on his embassy to China. The ship was wrecked in the Strait of Gaspar, all hands survived to be menaced by Malay pirates but eventually rescued by the East-Indiaman Ternate. The narrative... Learn More
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  9. 90437
    As..."> First edition of the report of an investigation carried out in Germany during summer 1945, which included visits to A. Walther at the IPM, Darmstadt, and to the University of Göttingen. Page 63 gives a brief account of "Ing. Zuse's calculating machines", written before direct contact had been established with him.
    As... Learn More
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  10. 126873
    Born into the Provençal noble family with close ties to the sea, Henri-César de Castellane-Majastre, (1733-1789), was a career naval officer joining at the age of sixteen, ranking as lieutenant from 1762 to 1775, promoted captain 1777. He participated in the American War of Independence commanding the Marsellais, 74,... Learn More
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  11. 45682
    First edition. Important sequel to Corbett's Drake and the Tudor Navy, covers the years 1596-1603. Learn More
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  12. 96661
    The Pursuit of Victory..."> Second edition, the year after the first. "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a 'patriotic manual.' He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth destined for the Navy.'" (Knight The Pursuit of Victory... Learn More
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  13. 76369
    First edition, large paper copy. An important compilation produced for the reference of ship's captains at the point of Britain's entry into a defining period of naval warfare, culminating at Trafalgar. This superbly-bound copy from the library of John Scott, first earl of Eldon, with his ownership inscription before ennoblement... Learn More
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  14. 128879comp
    First edition, inscribed on behalf of the author in an elegantly flourished secretarial hand on the blank before the frontispiece: "To John Houseman Esqr. with every sentiment of Regard by his friend & humble servant, the author". Beatty (1773-1842) was ship's surgeon on the Victory at Trafalgar; he "joined the navy at an... Learn More
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  15. 120807
    It is rare indeed that British Military History throws up a general who seriously could be considered as an exemplar of Sun Tzu's Sage Commander. And it is perhaps not particularly surprising, in view of the generally sanguinary tendencies of the historians of the British Army, that his greatest feat "being bloodless, has... Learn More
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  16. 123114
    Highly attractive Napoleonic period commander's logbook. Pitt Burnaby Greene made lieutenant in 1790, and was promoted to the rank of commander May 8 1804. His first command was HMhb Cockatrice, originally launched in 1781 as an Alert-class class of British Royal Navy cutter, but after she sank at her moorings in 1801 she... Learn More
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  17. 127082
    Extremely uncommon set of instructions for merchant ships sailing in convoy during the Napoleonic Wars. Copac shows a single copy dated to 1802 at NMM, OCLC adds copies identified as 1804 at NYPL and Princeton, another lacking self-wraps - "1800s" - at the Peabody Essex and NYHSL, another similar at the State Library of... Learn More
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    Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market, offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-Boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter... Learn More
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  19. 124552
    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just two locations on OCLC both in the Netherlands - Haagse Defensiebibliothek and Het Legermuseum, Delft. Classified "Geheim" - secret - this report gathers Turk and Rovers' technical observations from a tour of naval shipyards through Germany - Wilhelmshaven, Bremen and Kiel;... Learn More
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  20. 125077
    An attractive Victorian prize-binding of Southey's great biography, first published in 1813. Southey's work "constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young in his words, a 'patriotic manual'. He told a friend that he would write 'such a life of Nelson as shall be put into the hands of every youth... Learn More
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  21. 121255
    First edition, uncommon, decidedly so in the original cloth. Mercier shipped aboard the "Constitution" on her 1839 cruise to the Pacific coast of South America. "This lively, well-written narrative presents a detailed view of life before the mast, both the daily details and the unusual moments, including the effects of... Learn More
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  22. 103566
    First edition. Crawford entered the navy in 1800 as a first class volunteer on board HMS Diamond "in which he assisted in the capture of many of the enemy's ships, armed and otherwise" (O'Byrne). He transferred to the Immortalité and later Clyde, frigates, under Admiral Owen as a midshipman "and appears to have been almost... Learn More
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  23. 124094
    First edition, first impression, of what is probably Villiers's finest book. A record of "A journey of 10,000 odd miles along the Arabian and African coasts in dhows, this work contains wonderful stories of feats of seamanship, carried out without the aid of navigation instruments. Perhaps the most graphic chapter is the... Learn More
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  24. 123813
    First edition, first impression, of the 18th book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
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  25. 121290
    First edition, large paper copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs James with the author's best wishes. 1840". Pasted on the facing page is a manuscript letter from the author on a single page of a bifolium: "Greenwich Hospital 14 September 1840. Dear Madam, as you expressed much... Learn More
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  26. 123186
    First edition. Uncommon, well-represented institutionally, but just three historic records at auction, the most recent in 1969. The author, Dr. Robert Robertson (1741/2-1829) was appointed physician to the Royal Hospital at Greenwich in 1793 and dedicates the book to "the Right Honourable The Lords Commissioners for Executing... Learn More
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  27. 67473
    First and only edition of this uncommon treatise on ancient shipbuilding, drawn from classical and Biblical sources, illustrated with a beautiful, etched frontispiece by de Hooghe. Born in Tönningen, Schleswig-Holstein, around 1630, Meibom was a Danish philologist and polymath scholar probably best known for his work on... Learn More
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  28. 122024
    Second edition, the first having been published as "The Old and True Way of Manning the Fleet", printed the same year. This edition has been enlarged with a bold new preface, summoning England to pursue an aggressive naval policy against the French and Spanish overseas empires. The work proposes enlightened reform of seafaring... Learn More
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  29. 85563
    First edition, first impression. The nineteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
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  30. 85564
    First edition, first impression. The nineteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
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  31. Clarissa Oakes.
    First edition, first impression. The fifteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
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  32. 121735
    First edition of Bligh's (1754-1817) personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill), published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny, in an effort to influence opinion in his favour and absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled... Learn More
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  33. 117611
    Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41,... Learn More
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  34. 118288comp
    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Elizabeth, this memory of her wonderful father, with love from Cecil Aspinall Oglander, Oct 1951" on the initial blank, with the publisher's printed compliments slip ("Sent at the author's request") laid in. Elizabeth has annotated two pages (8 and 441) in the... Learn More
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  35. 104963
    Second edition, a year after the first, this copy inscribed on the title page "To Mrs Holroyd, from one very grateful for the hope of her remembrance. Jane Davy, Nov. 21st 1817", together with a laid-in note in the same hand, reading "In addition to Mrs Holroyd's usual breakfast, the only copy to be obtained after 5 libraries... Learn More
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  36. 119966comp
    First edition, this a prepublication presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank; "Mrs. Holt with the author's most affectionate love, November 1849". The recipient was possibly Jemima Arabella, the author's aunt who married Sir John Holt. Extremely uncommon, OCLC shows just 6 locations for this first edition... Learn More
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  37. 66701
    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.
    Ayrouard's work forms a working "waggoner" for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage... Learn More
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  38. 120045
    First edition. The essential starting point for any attempt to understand either the mercurial personality or instinctive tactical genius of Nelson, never superseded. "This is the standard work of reference for Nelson's correspondence and is the principal source from which his biographers have drawn (and still do draw) their... Learn More
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  39. General Instructions and Local Regulations for the Squadron and Naval Establishments on the China Station, 1899.
    Extremely rare station order book printed a few months before the onset of the Boxer Rebellion, untraced in libraries and secondary literature. From the library of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, not marked as such, though copiously revised by annotation or by the insertion of printed slips, assiduously enumerated in the "Corrections... Learn More
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  40. 118003
    First edition of this important influence on the development of English naval thought; "divided into 4 pts: manoeuvring of ships, evolutions, miscellaneous marine matters, signalling, and also a glossary of terms. It was later translated by David Steel and incorporated into his Elements and practice of rigging and seamanship... Learn More
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  41. 116545
    First edition, first impression, of the author's "pocket book" (Preface) chiefly intended for makers and users of gyrocompasses. A second edition was published in the US in 1944. Learn More
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  42. i1
    First edition, early issue, of this magnificent publication, the apogee of the coloured aquatint, illustrating the high-water mark of Britain's maritime hegemony. "As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years it has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 had a publisher attempted such a complete volume... Learn More
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  43. Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.
    First edition, first impression. "Using previously unpublished material from the Russian Navy Central Archives in St Petersburg, this book is the first publication of its kind, shedding new light on the period from 1899 to 1903 when Russia succeeded in penetrating the Arabian Gulf for a short time" (jacket blurb). Learn More
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  44. British Merchant Shipping.
    First edition, first impression. Includes chapters on marine insurance, accounts and statistics, as well as safety and sanitation at sea. Learn More
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  45. The Life of Nelson.
    First edition, large paper copy, of which there were only 500 sets published. Elegantly written and surprisingly even-handed on the issue of the Neapolitan Jacobins, "Southey constructed an early-nineteenth century hero as a model for the young - in his words, a 'patriotic manual.' He told a friend that he would write 'such... Learn More
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  46. 113887
    First edition. Vladimir Semenov was a naval officer who served in the Russo-Japanese war alongside his subject, offering here personal anecdotes attesting to the great admiral's atrtractive personal and professional traits, and his popularity at all levels within the navy. Semenov'strilogy, based on his experiences - Rasplata... Learn More
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  47. The Trial of Vice-Admiral Byng,
    First editions. The trial and execution of admiral John Byng (1704-1757) was one of the great cause célèbres of the mid-eighteenth century. "After his failure to relieve Minorca from the French (1756), he was court-martialled and shot on the quarter-deck of his own flagship, the Monarch for lack of resolution. This face-saving... Learn More
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  48. Services of Capt. the Hon. E. R. Fremantle, R.N.,
    First and only edition, rare: Copac locates only one copy in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge), OCLC adds no further copies worldwide.

    A familial presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Mr. W. Baird, from his friend, Lord Cottesloe, April 1874". Thomas Francis Fremantle (1798-1890),... Learn More
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  49. Regulations and Instructions relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea.
    First issued in 1731, these are the fundamental regulations governing "the organization and discipline of the British Navy" (Uden & Cooper, A Dictionary of British Ships and Seamen), this edition published in the months leading up to the Peninsular War. "Up to 1731 every commander-in-chief had issued his own code of instructions... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 113882

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  50. Royal Yachts.
    First edition, one of 1,000 copies. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 109722

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  51. A Mathematical Compendium;
    Second edition of this popular pocket-book, first published in 1674. "The book was intended to be sold with various mathematical instruments, some made by the author Nicholas Stephenson (a gunner in the Tower), who must have had Moore's sanction as his assistant to use his notes" (Taylor). "Stephenson was also deputed by... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 112517

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  52. Tigris Gunboats.
    First edition, first impression, very scarce in the eye-catching dust jacket. Tigris Gunboats was greeted with great enthusiasm by The Naval Review in 1932: "This is a book for which many naval officers must have looked, for the account of the work of the Royal Navy on the Tigris, as given in the Official History of Naval... Learn More
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  53. Kriegsmarine officer cadet photograph album.
    A fascinating survival from the pre-war Kriegsmarine: a photograph album kept by a naval cadet serving on the three-masted school ship the SSS Albert Leo Schlageter, one of five such ships built by Blohm & Voss at Hamburg. She was launched on 30 October 1937 - the cadet's portrait is dated 31.10.37, the day after - and her... Learn More
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  54. France and Tongking.
    First edition, uncommon. An important first-hand account of the Sino-French War of 1884-85 by Sir James George Scott (1851-1935), a British authority on Burma. "The publication of Scott's first book, The Burman: his Life and Notions (2 vols., 1882), gave him an immediate reputation; it was widely recognized as a classic... Learn More
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  55. Letters on Amphibious Wars
    First edition, first impression. With a very appealing provenance: from the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), the victor of Jutland, who "deserves his place alongside the heroes of another age" (ODNB), signed "Jh Jellicoe" on the front pastedown. Sir George Grey Aston (1861-1938)... Learn More
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  56. Regulations and Instructions.
    Scarce collected edition, comprising the original sheets, of these four handbooks all jointly issued by the Admiralty and the Board of Trade "for official use only". Scarce: just two copies of this iteration traced in libraries (Delft and The Hague); individually the texts are represented by six, five, seven and two copies... Learn More
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  57. A Night to Remember.
    First edition, first printing, of one of the key books about the sinking of the Titanic; Lord interviewed many of the survivors of the disaster and drew upon their books, memoirs and articles. It was hugely popular and adapted for the screen by Eric Ambler (1958). Learn More
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    Stock Code: 107806

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  58. A Statement of the Duties of Customs, and those of Excise,
    First edition, a decidedly uncommon handbook of maritime commerce, with just two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Senate House and Manchester), OCLC adds two in the Netherlands. Mascall was a prolific publisher of commercial handbooks, this iteration compiled in light of the opening of trade with the... Learn More
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  59. Very Ordinary Seaman.
    First edition, first impression of what is generally considered one of the finest accounts of life at sea in the Second World War. A fictionalised but accurate account, based on the author's experiences in a destroyer on the Murmansk run. Learn More
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  60. The History of H.M. Navigation School, 1729-1926.
    Carbon copy typescript of an interesting history, later printed in The Naval Review (1926, volume 4, issue 14, pp. 792-820); the original is at the Royal United Services Institution (finding reference: RUSI/NM/159). The only copy held in other public institutions is that at the Australian Defence Force Academy Library but... Learn More
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