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CORBETT, Julian Stafford. The Successors of Drake.
London : 1900First edition of the naval historian and novelist Julian Stafford Corbett's sequel to Drake and the Tudor Navy (1898).
The prequel was Corbett's (1854-1922) "first serious contribution to historical literature. As he had already written two novels on this theme as well as a biography, the choice of subject was natural enough, but his experiences... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 146955
HOSTE, Paul. L'Art des armées navales, ou traité des évolutions navales,
Lyon : 1727 & 1697, but both 1697First editions, which are "always found together" (Polak), the first with a later title intended to freshen "new old stock". Described by Brian Tunstall as "the first major work on naval tactics" (Tunstall p. 59) L'Art des armées navales remained a "sound text-book" for at least half a century, and exercised a profound influence on the practice of... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 150514
NAVAL SIGNALS. BONNEFOUX, Pierre-Marie-Joepsh. Signaux et dictionnaire telegraphiques à l'usage des armées navales.
Paris : 1813First edition of this rare French telegraphic signal manual describing the operation of a semi-automated pulley system for making signal hoists, accompanied by an extensive vocabulary. The method employs ten numeral flags and two pennants, closely modelled on the British telegraphic system. We have been able to trace just two copies of this volume,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 147064
PEACOCK, George, capt. Notes on the Isthmus of Panama & Darien,
Exeter : 1879First and only edition of Peacock's collected notes and correspondence relating to his travels on the Isthmus of Panama while a commander on the steamships of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company, 1831-42. The book was published when the author "heard of the congress of Savans being convened at Paris under the presidency of Count Ferdinand de Lesseps"... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 150621
MAHAN, A. T. Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812.
London : 1905First edition, first impression, handsomely bound with an appropriately nautical theme, inscribed by an Eton master on the first blank as a leaving gift: "Colin Boyd, from A. C. Sheepshanks, on leaving Eton, July 1912".
Sheepshanks went on to fight in the First World War, as probably did his former pupil. This military connection is foreshadowed... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 147985
MOROGUES, Sebastien-François Bigot, vicomte de. Tactique Navale,
Paris : 1763First edition of Morogues's widely-acclaimed study of naval tactics and the use of signalling at sea, "perhaps the most scientific book on naval tactics ever written" (Corbett p.4). A judiciously restored, and not unattractive copy of this surprisingly uncommon work.
Despite his father being a naval commissioner, Morogues (1706-81) began his... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 150517
BARKER, Matthew Henry, & George Cruikshank (illus.). Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man … By an Old Sailor.
London : 1826First edition of this rollicking and highly attractive colour plate book, among Cruikshank's "most brilliantly comic treatments of naval life capturing with incomparable vivacity the frolics of tars ashore and at sea" (Johnson, p. 7). This copy presented in an attractive period-style binding.
Cruikshank was a friend of Barker (1790-1846), who... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 145496
BYNG, John, naval officer. The Trial of Vice-Admiral Byng,
London : 1757First editions. The trial and execution of Rear-Admiral John Byng (1704-1757) was one of the great cause célèbres of the mid-18th 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 act by the government... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 113497
RICKMAN, John. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;
London : 1781First edition, the "London edition" of the first full account in English of Cook's third voyage, published anonymously to avoid legal action by the Admiralty (Forbes). An attractive copy, with the points outlined for Forbes's state B, "the exact priority not established".
John Rickman was a second lieutenant aboard the Discovery, being discharged... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 147062
KNOWLES, Sir Charles. The Conduct of Admiral Knowles
London : 1758First edition of Admiral Sir Charles Knowles's (d. 1777) defence of his actions in the failed raid on the French Atlantic port of Rochefort in 1757, during the Seven Years' War. Attempting to provide Germany relief by diverting French forces, the raid pioneered the tactic of "descents" on the French coast, championed by William Pitt the Elder. Many... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 146155
HALE, Thomas & Sir William PETTY. An Account of Several New Inventions and Improvements now Necessary for England, in a Discourse by Way of Letter to the Earl of Marlborough,
1691First edition. An impassioned, if sometimes diffuse, appeal for investment in England's maritime future, and the not entirely unrelated business interests of Messrs. Hale. A discursive essay which draws support for Hale's innovations from a wide variety of sources, technical and moral, from Phineas Pett to Galileo. Sir William Petty, whose Political... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 43068
SCHOMBERG, Alexander Wilmot. Practical Remarks and Observations, on Building, Rigging, Arming, and Equipping his Majesty's Ships of War.
London : 1832First and sole edition of this scarce treatise. Admiral Schomberg (1774-1850) fought at the Battle of Martinique (1794) and the Invasion of Guadeloupe (1794), and served in the Boyne under Sir John Jervis and the Glatton under Sir Henry Trollope. He was a commander during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, commanding the Loire frigate from... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146762
NAVAL GUNNERY. The Naval Pocket Gunner;
Plymouth : [c.1810]Superbly provenance copy of this rare early edition, "a work sanctioned by the office of ordnance" (James, p. 408); from the library of Rear-Admiral Sir John Toup Nicolas (1788-1851), a veteran of the Napoleonic wars, with his visiting card mounted on the front pastedown.
As early as age nine, Nicolas, born into a Cornish naval family, was on... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 146453
WISE, Henry. An Analysis of One Hundred Voyages to and from India, China &c.,
London : 1839First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the Governor of Bombay, "The Honourable Mountstuart Elphinstone, with the author's respects", with Elphinstone's subsequent Carberry Tower library label to the front pastedown. Elphinstone (1779-1859) was a Scottish statesman and historian appointed to the civil... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146318
NELSON, Horatio, Viscount Nelson - PETTIGREW, Thomas Joseph. Memoirs of The Life of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, K.B. Duke of Bronté, etc., etc., etc.
London : 1849First edition, uncommon thus, particularly in the original cloth, the edition selling through almost immediately. An important contribution to Nelson biography: "Pettigrew used a large selection from the Nelson papers of Lady Hamilton, which he had acquired from the widow of an old friend of Nelson, Alderman Joshua Jonathan Smith who rescued Lady Hamilton... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 140185
JUKES, J. Beete. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.
London : 1847First edition, first issue, of this "very important voyage" (Hill), commissioned by the Admiralty to survey the Torres Strait, the hazardous Great Barrier Reef, and various regions in New Guinea. This copy in attractive condition.
The expedition was the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission. Blackwood's directions... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 146858
NAVAL. List of the Flag-Officers of His Majesty's Fleet.
London : 1786A delightfully bound volume containing two rare early registers listing officers in the service of the Royal Navy in 1786, including, of course, 28 year-old Captain Horatio Nelson, commissioned to the rank 11 June 1779. Designed to be used, and frequently updated, few copies lasted long, a light scatter of them surviving institutionally.
The... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 141378
POPHAM, Sir Home. Telegraphic Signals;
London : 1812First issued privately by Popham in 1801, this is the first edition published with Admiralty approval. Popham's was the first fully-developed, comprehensive flag signalling system for the Navy, an immensely important innovation. A superb copy of this very uncommon book: Library Hub locates only the BL copy, OCLC adds copies at the National Maritime... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 143641
YACHTING. Royal Yacht Squadron Signals.
Southampton : c.1866First edition thus, we have been unable to trace another copy of this version of the RYS signal manual. We have dated this from the presence of Robert Balfour King on the title page as proprietor of the printing works, c.1864, and the gift inscription on the first blank; "J.B. Fleuret Jun., No. 39 Gt. James St., Bedford Row, W.C. & Yacht of London 20th... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 139743
YACHTING. Signals of the Royal Northern Yacht Club, 1831.
Glasgow : 1831First thus, scarce just two copies located NMM and NLS, which also has a similar volume dated two years earlier. This copy with a pamphlet in printed blue paper wrappers containing the Rules & Regulations, 8 pages, and a bifolium with Resolutions for 1834, retained by a blue silk ribbon at the front endpapers, and a list of members for July 1835, 10... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139735
ROUPPE, Louis. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.
Leiden : 1764First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in Latin, is often considered the... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 132861
FAIRBAIRN, William. Remarks on Canal Navigation,
London : 1831First edition, inscribed on the title page "To Mr Hart, Galsgow, With the Author's compliments". Fairbairn's first book, documenting his experiments on the properties of iron boats, and the possibility of applying steam-power for traction, to improve communication on canal lines, is "written in a plain, perspicuous, and unpretending manner - no small... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 143942
ROCHEFORT - A VOLUNTEER. A Genuine Account of the Late Grand Expedition to the Coast of France.
[London] : 1757First edition of this anonymous contemporary narrative of the failed British expedition to capture the French Atlantic port of Rochefort in 1757. The Army Commander Sir John Mordaunt was court-martialled for it, and although he was ultimately acquitted, his mission was judged to have been poorly planned.
The expedition cost approximately a million... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143876
STEAD, J. View of the Grand Fleet, under the Command of Admiral Lord Hood,
Gosport : 1791Rare provincial printing, just a single, slightly variant, copy traced on-line, Royal Museums, Greenwich. Attractive record of the display of naval power known as The Russian Armament, the fleet hastily assembled in response to a perceived threat to the Ottoman Empire from Catherine the Great's rejuvenated Russia.
In 1788 Suvorov's capture of... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144067
LIARDET, Francis. Professional Recollections of Points of Seamanship, Discipline, &c.
Portsea : 1849First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to Queen Victoria on the front free endpaper: "Presented to Her Most Gracious Majesty by one of Her most devoted servants the Author. Dec. 17th - 1851".
Francis Liardet (1798-1860) entered the navy in 1809 as a second class volunteer on the Mercury. By the age of 14 he had seen service... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139373
LE BAILLY, Vice Admiral Sir Louis. The Man Around the Engine.
Emsworth : 1990First edition. Presentation copy to Elizabeth, widow of David Devine, author and military historian. Inscribed "For Elizabeth Devine, because David started all this. Best wishes from Louis Le Bailly". Page 123 has the following lines annotated, "The small round man in a purple rage leading the assault was David Divine. From that unsatisfactory start... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143455
CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Liberal Government and Naval Policy.
London : 1912First edition, this copy "rubber hand-stamped '15' in the upper right-hand corner of the cover," and therefore one of those disbound from the collections bound up as Pamphlets and Leaflets for 1912 (Cohen). In early March, Churchill had circulated to the Cabinet and to the King a memorandum "in which he stated bluntly the full implications of the German... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143412
BRUNEL, Henry Marc, & Robert Edmund Froude. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
[Westminster : c.1900]First and only edition of this rare privately printed account of the late August 1898 ten-day canal cruise from Nuneaton to Chester, the second leg of the "Way to Kendal", undertook by five friends, including eminent engineers, started in 1894 from the Thames Oxford and finished in 1899 at Kendal in Westmorland.
Each one of the men was attributed... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143005
D-DAY - JOWETT, H.A., Obs./Cdr., M.B.E. Seaborne: An account of the activities of the volunteers from Group 8 during their period of service with the Royal Navy as Aircraft Identifiers, May-July 1944.
Leeds : First and only edition, rare, just a single copy at IWM traced. This copy inscribed by the author: "H.P. Capel With Christmas Greetings 1944 H.A. Jowett." During the Normandy Landings a number of members of the ROC served as volunteers on board Royal Navy and US Navy ships: these men were temporarily entered into the RN and wore their ROC uniform with... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 140434
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
New York : 1939First edition, first printing, one of 1,000 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Roosevelt on title page, "Franklin D. Roosevelt, for Robert M. Morgenthau". Morgenthau (b.1919) is the son of Roosevelt's friend and Secretary of the Treasury during Roosevelt's presidency, Henry Morgenthau, Jr (1891-1967).
At the time of presentation Robert... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 119149
GRIFFITHS, Anselm John. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;
Cheltenham : 1824First edition. Uncommon, Library Hub lists BL, National Museums Scotland, Cardiff and NLW for this edition, WorldCat adds nine further copies including NMM, NYPL, and the US Navy Department Library. A wide-ranging guide on matters naval intended to "assist the rising officer in forming correct conclusions" (preface), it was first published at the expense... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139310
CHERNENKO, M. B., & L. V. Khvat. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» (Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgiy Sedov").
Leningrad : 1940First edition of this uncommon account from the Heroic Era of Soviet Arctic Exploration. In 1937 the icebreaker Georgiy Sedov was sent to the assistance of two fellow icebreakers trapped in the frozen Polar Sea, but was encircled in the pack ice and joined them in captivity. The two smaller vessels were freed by Yermak early in 1938, but Sedov was obliged... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141257
JENKINS, James. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.
London : [after 1835]First edition, later state. First issued in 1817, the work sold slowly, which led Jenkins to issue copies as demand necessitated. The earliest copies of this book have the text printed on paper watermarked 1812 and 1816; this copy is printed on paper watermarked 1835. An attractively bound copy of this magnificent illustration of the high-water mark... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 94719
RED ENSIGN. A Proclamation declaring what Ensign or Colours shall be borne at Sea in Merchant Ships or Vessels, belonging to any of His Majesty's Subjects of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Dominions thereunto belonging.
London : 1801First edition, a rare survival indeed, a single copy as part of a collection of acts in the library of the University of New Brunswick, otherwise we have been unable to trace another copy of this broadside made for the public dissemination of the stipulations of London Gazette, No. 15324. "On 1 January 1801, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 119991
EDYE, John. Calculations relating to the Equipment, Displacement, etc. of Ships and Vessels of War.
London : 1832First edition of this important work; a handsome copy bearing a splendidly apposite naval provenance: from the library of Admiral Sir William Parker (1781-1866), the front cover with his name stamped in gilt, the verso of the front free endpaper carrying his pencilled ownership inscription, "W. Parker, 1835".
Parker was an ally of John Edye's... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 139920
MONCK, George, first duke of Albemarle - SKINNER, Thomas. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;
London : 1723First edition. Life of the great general and general-at-sea whose career flourished under two monarchs, the Commonwealth, and the Protectorate. "Skinner is thought to have been physician to the Duke of Albemarle, when residing at New Hall in Essex he is best-known as the author of The Life of General Monk published in 1723 by William Webster with a... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139640
JAMES, William. A Reply to A Brief Statement
London : 1824First edition. The third volume of James's great naval history had been published in 1823. Lord William Fitzroy, outraged at James's account of his actions as commander of HMS Aeolus in 1805, and at James's condemnation of Fitzroy's decision not to engage with the French frigate Didon, published a bitter rebuttal. This is James's equally bitter counter... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 126874
LIARDET, Francis. Friendly Hints to the Young Naval Lieutenant.
London : 1858First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Vice Admiral Sir B. W. Walker Bart K. C. B. With the Authors kind regards, and as a small mark of respect to a first rate officer. Royal Hospital Greenwich 5th June 1858" to the front free endpaper.
Sir Baldwin Wake Walker (1802-1876) was Surveyor and later comptroller of the Royal... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139741
LOW, Charles Rathbone, Lieutenant. Her Majesty's Navy including its Deeds and Battles.
London : 1890-93First edition. Originally issued in 22 wrappered parts to be bound in 3 volumes as here, or, as sometimes encountered, in 6 "divisions".
"The recent augmentation of the Naval forces of the country has increased the interest felt in our ships and sailors, and the present appears a suitable time to bring before the public a detailed and comprehensive... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135207
NAVAL SIGNALS. Signaes, que se mandão observar pelos Navios Mercantes, que vao debaixo de Comboyo dos Navios de Guerra de S.M.B.
[Lisbon? : 1813First and ?only edition, a single copy traced at JCB. Abbreviated signal manual, including signals in fog and and at night, provided for Portuguese merchant ships travelling in convoy with British naval vessels during the closing stages of the Peninsular War. Appears over the printed signature of Sir George Smith as "Secretary of the Marine Headquarters",... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 130888
COP, H. & Jacobus Simon van Veen. Rapport van de ingenieurs der 2de klasse van de marine H. Cop en J.S. van Veen, betreffende hunne reis door Engeland tot het bezoeken van eenige marine- en particuliere etablissementen van scheepsbouw in 1885.
Amsterdam & Hellevoetsluis : 1885First and only edition, classified "Geheim" - Secret - this copy No. 8 of an unknown limitation. Inevitably uncommon, WorldCat records solely the copy in the Haagse Defensiebibliothek. Report by two Dutch marine engineers, Cop and Van Veen, from their tour of inspection of cruisers at the Marine Department of the International Inventions Exhibitions... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 126946
BEELOO, Adriaan Johan Hendrik & H. Cop. Rapport van den hoofdingenieur, adviseur voor scheepsbouw A.J.H. Beeloo en den ingenieur 2de klasse der marine H. Cop, betrekkelijk eene reis naar Engeland in 1883
The Hague : 1884First and only edition, classified "Geheim" - Secret - this copy No.8 of an unknown limitation; inevitably uncommon, WorldCat records solely the copy in the Haagse Defensiebibliothek. Report of a tour of inspection down the Clyde made by two Dutch marine engineers Beeloo and Cop on the orders of the Dutch Ministry of the Marine, visiting the dockyards... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 126943
REILLY, William Edmund [sic] Moyses (ed.) Siege of Sebastopol.
London : 1859First edition of the official account of the artillery operations of the siege of Sebastopol during the Crimean War.
William Edward Moyses Reilly (18271886) volunteered to serve as a battery officer in Crimea where he was quickly promoted. "After the fall of Sevastopol he was deputy adjutant quartermaster-general at the headquarters of the army... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 134067
O'BRIAN, Patrick. [Complete set of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novels:]
London : 1970-99First editions, first impressions. A complete set of this celebrated sequence of novels capturing life in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Certainly amongst the best liked series of historical novels ever written. Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 133655
NAVAL. The Tenth Report of the Commissioners of Naval Enquiry.
[London] : 1805First edition of the report produced by the commission of inquiry appointed in 1802 to review the financial management of the Admiralty, of which Dundas had been treasurer between 1782 and 1800, and which, on the initiative of Samuel Whitbread, resulted in Dundas's impeachment in 1806 for the misappropriation of public money.
Henry Dundas, first... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 133498
DU PONT, Samuel Francis. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.
Wilmington, DE : 1885First and sole edition, "privately printed for his family by his wife after his death" (Streeter) in a putative print run of around fifty copies that were not offered for sale; with a familial presentation inscription at head of title: "Louise Evelina Du Pont from her Father, 5th May 1900". Louise Evelina (1877-1958), heiress and preservationist, was... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 131483
DOUGLAS, Sir Howard. Naval Evolutions; A Memoir
London : 1832First edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To my Dearly beloved Daughter Mary Gartshore, Green Street, Sept. 28 1844, Howard Douglas"; Mary (d. 1851) married John Murray-Gartshore of Ravelston in 1836 (Gartshore served on the committee of the Naval and Military Bible Society); Howard's address was 15 Green... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 130442
WILLIAMS, E. A. The Cruise of the Pearl Round the World.
London : 1859First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the title page "with the Author's compts". 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... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 129735
FUNCH, Diderich Hansteen. Afhandling om coffardiskibes construction.
Copenhagen : 1842-43First and only edition of this work on the construction of merchant ships written by the renowned royal Danish shipbuilder Diderich Hansteen Funch (1791-1856). Decidedly uncommon, just four locations on WorldCat, Royal Danish Library, BL, National Library of Sweden, and University of Leipzig Funch was master shipbuilder at the dockyards in Copenhagen,... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 126950
BOYES, George Thomas Henry, Rear-Admiral. Salvage Operations. The Floating of H.M. Battleship "Howe".
London : 1900First edition, uncommon just 7 locations on Library Hub The Admiral-class battleship HMS Howe was commissioned in 1889 and joined the Channel Fleet a year later. On 2 November 1892, due to faulty Admiralty charts, Howe ran aground on the Pereiro Shoal off Bispon Point while attempting to enter Ferrol harbour, Spain. Salvage operations were extremely... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 123155
CORVINUS PRESS: TILLERY, John. A Diary of the Travels.
[London] : 1938First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It is today... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 122044
JANE, Fred. T. All the World's Fighting Ships.
London : 1901First edition of the fourth year of Jane's most famous and longest-running work, the first edition to be illustrated from photographs. Extremely uncommon, this a very well-preserved copy. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 119231
BOURDÉ DE VILLEHUET, Jacques. Le Manœuvrier,
Paris : 1765First 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 1794" (Craig). "Though less... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 118003