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  1. The Successors of Drake.
    CORBETT, Julian Stafford. The Successors of Drake.

    London : 1900

    First 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

  2. L'Art des armées navales, ou traité des évolutions navales,
    HOSTE, Paul. L'Art des armées navales, ou traité des évolutions navales,

    Lyon : 1727 & 1697, but both 1697

    First 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

  3. Signaux et dictionnaire telegraphiques à l'usage des armées navales.
    NAVAL SIGNALS. BONNEFOUX, Pierre-Marie-Joepsh. Signaux et dictionnaire telegraphiques à l'usage des armées navales.

    Paris : 1813

    First 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

  4. Notes on the Isthmus of Panama & Darien,
    PEACOCK, George, capt. Notes on the Isthmus of Panama & Darien,

    Exeter : 1879

    First 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

  5. Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812.
    MAHAN, A. T. Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812.

    London : 1905

    First 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

  6. Tactique Navale,
    MOROGUES, Sebastien-François Bigot, vicomte de. Tactique Navale,

    Paris : 1763

    First 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

  7. Greenwich Hospital, a Series of Naval Sketches, Descriptive of the Life of a Man-of-War's Man … By an Old Sailor.
    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 : 1826

    First 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

  8. The Trial of Vice-Admiral Byng,
    BYNG, John, naval officer. The Trial of Vice-Admiral Byng,

    London : 1757

    First 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

  9. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;
    RICKMAN, John. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;

    London : 1781

    First 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

  10. Clarissa Oakes.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. Clarissa Oakes.

    London : 1992

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This is the fifteenth title in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 142924

  11. 85554
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Wine-Dark Sea.

    London : 1993

    First edition, first impression. A fine, fresh copy of the sixteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 85554

  12. The Conduct of Admiral Knowles
    KNOWLES, Sir Charles. The Conduct of Admiral Knowles

    London : 1758

    First 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

  13. An Account of Several New Inventions and Improvements now Necessary for England, in a Discourse by Way of Letter to the Earl of Marlborough,
    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,

    1691

    First 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

  14. Practical Remarks and Observations, on Building, Rigging, Arming, and Equipping his Majesty's Ships of War.
    SCHOMBERG, Alexander Wilmot. Practical Remarks and Observations, on Building, Rigging, Arming, and Equipping his Majesty's Ships of War.

    London : 1832

    First 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

  15. The Naval Pocket Gunner;
    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

  16. An Analysis of One Hundred Voyages to and from India, China &c.,
    WISE, Henry. An Analysis of One Hundred Voyages to and from India, China &c.,

    London : 1839

    First 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

  17. Memoirs of The Life of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, K.B. Duke of Bronté, etc., etc., etc.
    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 : 1849

    First 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

  18. Success to the Brave.
    KENT, Alexander. Success to the Brave.

    London : 1983

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £30.00

    Stock Code: 147271

  19. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.
    JUKES, J. Beete. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.

    London : 1847

    First 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

  20. List of the Flag-Officers of His Majesty's Fleet.
    NAVAL. List of the Flag-Officers of His Majesty's Fleet.

    London : 1786

    A 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

  21. The Fortune of War.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Fortune of War.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression. The sixth book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 85559

  22. Telegraphic Signals;
    POPHAM, Sir Home. Telegraphic Signals;

    London : 1812

    First 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

  23. Royal Yacht Squadron Signals.
    YACHTING. Royal Yacht Squadron Signals.

    Southampton : c.1866

    First 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

  24. Signals of the Royal Northern Yacht Club, 1831.
    YACHTING. Signals of the Royal Northern Yacht Club, 1831.

    Glasgow : 1831

    First 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

  25. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.
    ROUPPE, Louis. [NAVAL MEDICINE.] De morbis navigantium, liberus unus.

    Leiden : 1764

    First 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

  26. The Letter of Marque.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Letter of Marque.

    London : 1988

    First edition, first impression. The twelfth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 85585

  27. Remarks on Canal Navigation,
    FAIRBAIRN, William. Remarks on Canal Navigation,

    London : 1831

    First 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

  28. A Genuine Account of the Late Grand Expedition to the Coast of France.
    ROCHEFORT - A VOLUNTEER. A Genuine Account of the Late Grand Expedition to the Coast of France.

    [London] : 1757

    First 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

  29. View of the Grand Fleet, under the Command of Admiral Lord Hood,
    STEAD, J. View of the Grand Fleet, under the Command of Admiral Lord Hood,

    Gosport : 1791

    Rare 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

  30. Professional Recollections of Points of Seamanship, Discipline, &c.
    LIARDET, Francis. Professional Recollections of Points of Seamanship, Discipline, &c.

    Portsea : 1849

    First 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

  31. The Man Around the Engine.
    LE BAILLY, Vice Admiral Sir Louis. The Man Around the Engine.

    Emsworth : 1990

    First 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

  32. The Liberal Government and Naval Policy.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The Liberal Government and Naval Policy.

    London : 1912

    First 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

  33. Nuneaton-Chester Canal Trip, 1898.
    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

  34. 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.
    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 : [1944]

    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

  35. Naval Sketches of the War in California.
    ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Naval Sketches of the War in California.

    New York : 1939

    First 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

  36. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;
    GRIFFITHS, Anselm John. Observations on some Points of Seamanship;

    Cheltenham : 1824

    First 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

  37. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» (Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgiy Sedov").
    CHERNENKO, M. B., & L. V. Khvat. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» (Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgiy Sedov").

    Leningrad : 1940

    First 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

  38. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain. From the Year 1793 to 1817.
    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

  39. 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.
    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 : 1801

    First 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

  40. Calculations relating to the Equipment, Displacement, etc. of Ships and Vessels of War.
    EDYE, John. Calculations relating to the Equipment, Displacement, etc. of Ships and Vessels of War.

    London : 1832

    First 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

  41. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;
    MONCK, George, first duke of Albemarle - SKINNER, Thomas. The Life of General Monk: Late Duke of Albemarle;

    London : 1723

    First 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

  42. A Reply to A Brief Statement
    JAMES, William. A Reply to A Brief Statement

    London : 1824

    First 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

  43. Friendly Hints to the Young Naval Lieutenant.
    LIARDET, Francis. Friendly Hints to the Young Naval Lieutenant.

    London : 1858

    First 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

  44. Her Majesty's Navy including its Deeds and Battles.
    LOW, Charles Rathbone, Lieutenant. Her Majesty's Navy including its Deeds and Battles.

    London : 1890-93

    First 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

  45. The Surgeon's Mate.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Surgeon's Mate.

    London : 1980

    First edition, first impression of the seventh book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 91538

  46. Post Captain.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. Post Captain.

    London : 1972

    First edition, first impression of the second volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. A lovely copy. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 85545

  47. Signaes, que se mandão observar pelos Navios Mercantes, que vao debaixo de Comboyo dos Navios de Guerra de S.M.B.
    NAVAL SIGNALS. Signaes, que se mandão observar pelos Navios Mercantes, que vao debaixo de Comboyo dos Navios de Guerra de S.M.B.

    [Lisbon? : 1813

    First 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

  48. 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.
    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 : 1885

    First 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

  49. 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
    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 : 1884

    First 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

  50. Siege of Sebastopol.
    REILLY, William Edmund [sic] Moyses (ed.) Siege of Sebastopol.

    London : 1859

    First 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

  51. [Complete set of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novels:]
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. [Complete set of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novels:]

    London : 1970-99

    First 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

  52. The Tenth Report of the Commissioners of Naval Enquiry.
    NAVAL. The Tenth Report of the Commissioners of Naval Enquiry.

    [London] : 1805

    First 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

  53. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.
    DU PONT, Samuel Francis. Extracts from Private Journal-Letters... while in command of the Cyane, during the War with Mexico, 1846-1848.

    Wilmington, DE : 1885

    First 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

  54. Naval Evolutions; A Memoir
    DOUGLAS, Sir Howard. Naval Evolutions; A Memoir

    London : 1832

    First 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

  55. The Cruise of the Pearl Round the World.
    WILLIAMS, E. A. The Cruise of the Pearl Round the World.

    London : 1859

    First 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

  56. Afhandling om coffardiskibes construction.
    FUNCH, Diderich Hansteen. Afhandling om coffardiskibes construction.

    Copenhagen : 1842-43

    First 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

  57. Salvage Operations. The Floating of H.M. Battleship "Howe".
    BOYES, George Thomas Henry, Rear-Admiral. Salvage Operations. The Floating of H.M. Battleship "Howe".

    London : 1900

    First 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

  58. A Diary of the Travels.
    CORVINUS PRESS: TILLERY, John. A Diary of the Travels.

    [London] : 1938

    First 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

  59. All the World's Fighting Ships.
    JANE, Fred. T. All the World's Fighting Ships.

    London : 1901

    First 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

  60. Le Manœuvrier,
    BOURDÉ DE VILLEHUET, Jacques. Le Manœuvrier,

    Paris : 1765

    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 1794" (Craig). "Though less... Learn More
    £6,250.00

    Stock Code: 118003

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