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  1. 142259
    SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1813

    First edition, second issue with page 258 of volume II correctly paginated. "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
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 142259

  2. 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 Morgenthau,... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 119149

  3. 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, OCLC 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

  4. 141257
    (ARCTIC) CHERNENKO, M. B. & L. V. Khvat. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» [Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgy 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

  5. 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

  6. Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.
    (HMS DREADNOUGHT.) Visit of Colonial Premiers and the Houses of Parliament to Portsmouth.

    London : 1907

    First and sole edition of each work. Printed in very small numbers "not for publication" but intended for bestowal to visiting dignitaries and Admiralty officials, these handsomely produced souvenir volumes are therefore extremely scarce, this pair in very smart presentation bindings.

    Dreadnought was launched on 10 February 1906 and at a stroke... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 141982

  7. 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.
    (MARITIME - THE 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

  8. 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, this 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 mentor Sir William Symonds,... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 139920

  9. Memoirs of The Life of Vice-Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson, K.B. Duke of Bronté, etc., etc., etc.
    (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, and uncommon thus, the edition selling through almost immediately. 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 from bankruptcy in 1813" (Cowie).... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 140185

  10. From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow.
    MARDER, Arthur J. From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow.

    1961-78

    Complete set of first editions of this magisterial history of Royal Navy from the turn of the century to the end of the First World War, Marder's magnum opus. Here offered together with the second edition of volume III, Jutland and After, described by the publishers as "revised and enlarged," and by John Horsfield in ODNB as "particularly distinguished,"... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 140174

  11. The Life of Nelson.
    MAHAN, Capt. A.T. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1897

    First edition, UK issue from American sheets. Mahan, described by John Keegan as "the most important American strategist of the nineteenth century" and recognised as "the Evangelist of Sea Power", proposes Nelson as the British embodiment thereof in this well-researched and well-written biography. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 122265

  12. Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.
    (WORLD WAR I; AFRICA) Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.

    London : 1915

    First and only edition, ?never published, title page has the ink stamp of Kennett & Co., dated 26 November 1915, together with the inked annotation "Private File Copy". Largely ship portraits of Allied warships and transports, Nigerian Government vessels, and German captures, but also including a sequence of panoramas of Douala, some shots of captured... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139976

  13. 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

  14. The Life of General Monck, Duke of Albermarle, &c. with Remarks upon his Actions.
    GUMBLE, Thomas. The Life of General Monck, Duke of Albermarle, &c. with Remarks upon his Actions.

    London : 1671

    First edition. Thomas Gumble (1626-1676), who had served as his subject's private chaplain, here offers a unique insight into the life of one of the great military figures of the age: George Monck had fought as the Commonwealth's commander but with the Restoration became Captain-General and the king's admiral. "Though his only literary work, this biography... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 139834

  15. 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

  16. 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 Navy... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139741

  17. Nelsonian Reminiscences.
    PARSONS, G. S. Nelsonian Reminiscences.

    London : 1843

    First UK edition of this Napoleonic naval memoir and important eye-witness account of Nelson's campaign in Naples. George Samuel Parsons (d. 1854) entered the Navy in July 1795 as a first-class volunteer aboard HMS Barfleur and saw action at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1797. A year later he moved to HMS Foudroyant, an 80-gun third rate and Nelson's... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 139724

  18. Recollections of the Life of the Rev. A. J. Scott, Lord Nelson's Chaplain.
    [GATTY, Margaret & Alfred, (eds.)] Recollections of the Life of the Rev. A. J. Scott, Lord Nelson's Chaplain.

    London : 1842

    First edition of this biography of Alexander John Scott, chaplain on HMS Victory and unofficial private secretary to Lord Nelson, who attended Nelson during his final hours at the Battle of Trafalgar.
    Alexander John Scott (1768-1840) was ordained as a priest in 1792 and the following year was appointed a chaplain of the third rate HMS Berwick... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 139306

  19. Men-Of-War.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. Men-Of-War.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 138540

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

    London : 1890-3

    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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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, OCLC 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 in... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 126946

  25. 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, OCLC 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 of... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 126943

  26. Memoirs of Admiral The Right Hon. The Earl of St. Vincent.
    (JERVIS, John, earl of St. Vincent.) TUCKER, Jedediah Stephens. Memoirs of Admiral The Right Hon. The Earl of St. Vincent.

    London : 1844

    First edition, compiled from the papers of St. Vincent's personal secretary, Benjamin Tucker (1762-1829) by his son, Jedediah Tucker. John Jervis (1735-1823) ran away to join the navy at the age of 13, entering as an able seaman aboard the 50-gun Gloucester in January 1749. He swiftly rose through the ranks and was made admiral of the blue... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 122266

  27. 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 until... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 134067

  28. [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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. Plans for the Invasion of England 1940. The German Navy's Part.
    (NAVAL INTELLIGENCE.) ASSMANN, Kurt. Plans for the Invasion of England 1940. The German Navy's Part.

    London : 1947

    First edition, signed by Admiral Sir Edward Parry on the first page, in his role as Director of Naval Intelligence. A scarce restricted government publication with 180 copies on the distribution list, 4 locations on OCLC and none on Copac. This is a comprehensive report on the Nazi Operation "Sealion", the planned German naval invasion of Britain that... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129940

  33. 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

  34. A Visit to Japan in 1860 on the U.S. Frigate "Hartford"
    BLANCHARD, Henry P. A Visit to Japan in 1860 on the U.S. Frigate "Hartford"

    San Francisco : 1878

    First and only edition, uncommon just 11 copies on OCLC, five of these in California, three at the University of California. Blanchard, an early American visitor to Japan, was a U.S. consul in China in the 1850s and was later based in San Francisco working as a merchant with interests in the China trade. This book is a collection of letters to his parents,... Learn More
    £1,275.00

    Stock Code: 129487

  35. Authentic Narrative of the Death of Lord Nelson:
    (NELSON.) BEATTY, William. Authentic Narrative of the Death of Lord Nelson:

    London : 1807

    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 early age, and saw much service... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 128879

  36. The Shannon's Brigade in India.
    VERNEY, Edmund Hope. The Shannon's Brigade in India.

    London : 1862

    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 field were the highlight of... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 127135

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

    Copenhagen : 1842-3

    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 OCLC, Royal Danish Library, BL, National Library of Sweden, and University of Leipzig Funch was master shipbuilder at the dockyards in Copenhagen, and... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 126950

  38. Anecdotes of the late Lord Viscount Nelson;
    (NELSON, Horatio, Lord.) COLLINGWOOD, Adam. Anecdotes of the late Lord Viscount Nelson;

    London : 1806

    First and sole edition, rare: Copac cites copies at only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, National Maritime Museum), and OCLC adds just the copy at Yale, among international holdings. This well-illustrated account is one of a number of biographies rushed into print following Nelson's death at Trafalgar in October 1805. The author is... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 126299

  39. 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 Copac 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 complex,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 123155

  40. 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

  41. The Life of Nelson.
    MAHAN, Alfred Thayer. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1897

    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £695.00

    Stock Code: 120265

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. A Narrative of a Voyage to Arabia, India, etc.
    JAMES, Silas. A Narrative of a Voyage to Arabia, India, etc.

    London : 1797

    First edition, scarce. James was a cabin-boy on Commander Johnstone's abortive expedition to seize the Cape of Good Hope from the Dutch in 1781. After being ambushed by the French in the Cape Verde Islands, and subsequently failing to take the Cape, Johnstone gained a consolation victory at Saldanha. Johnstone himself then returned to England, but sent... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 117608

  45. A True Description of His Majesties Royall Ship, Built this Yeare 1637. at Wooll-witch in Kent.
    HEYWOOD, Thomas. A True Description of His Majesties Royall Ship, Built this Yeare 1637. at Wooll-witch in Kent.

    London : 1637

    First edition, scarce. The playwright and poet Thomas Heywood's book was commissioned by Charles I and celebrates what was the finest and most imposing ship in the English navy of the day. Heywood himself "is supposed to have designed the very elaborate decorations" (Clowes, The Royal Navy, II, p. 7); in fact she was almost gaudily decked-out and "was... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 116793

  46. Reminiscences of the Veterans of the Sea.
    SCHETKY, John Christian. Reminiscences of the Veterans of the Sea.

    London : 1867

    First and only edition. Decidedly uncommon, Copac cites copies at five British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, NMM, RA, V&A, National Trust - Wimpole Hall); OCLC adds just three further locations, all in the United States (Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, Newberry, and New York Historical Society). No copies recorded at auction.
    "In... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 116744

  47. Biographical Memoirs of Lord Viscount Nelson, &c. &c. &c.
    (NELSON, Horatio, Lord.) CHARNOCK, John. Biographical Memoirs of Lord Viscount Nelson, &c. &c. &c.

    London : 1806

    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"): "the information and... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 116665

  48. Admiral Duncan.
    CAMPERDOWN, Robert Adam Haldane Philips Duncan, 3rd Earl of. Admiral Duncan.

    London : 1898

    First and limited edition, one of 100 large paper copies "for private circulation". With two interesting autograph letters signed from the author to a Colonel Noel, one presenting this copy and the other concerning his assistance with the preparation of the book: the earlier (dated 18 March 1896 and signed "Camperdown") to "Dear Colonel Noel": "I am... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 116417

  49. The Life of Nelson.
    SOUTHEY, Robert. The Life of Nelson.

    London : 1813

    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 a life of Nelson as shall... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 114056

  50. Regulations and Instructions.
    (ADMIRALTY.) H.M. Sea Transport Service. Regulations and Instructions.

    London : 1927-9

    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 respectively in libraries... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 112348

  51. An Aide-de-Camp's Recollections of Service in China, a Residence in Hong-Kong, and Visits to other Islands in the Chinese Seas.
    CUNYNGHAME, Sir Arthur Thurlow. An Aide-de-Camp's Recollections of Service in China, a Residence in Hong-Kong, and Visits to other Islands in the Chinese Seas.

    London : 1844

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by Cunynghame "From the author, to Dr. Heldermaier" on the half-title of the first volume: Dr Heldermaier is recorded as the headmaster of Worksop School in Nottinghamshire. Cunynghame (1812-1884), the son of a Scottish baronet and the illegitimate daughter of Edward Thurlow, the lord chancellor, was commissioned... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 112176

  52. Tigris Gunboats.
    (WORLD WAR I.) NUNN, Wilfrid. Tigris Gunboats.

    London : 1932

    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 Operations, stops with the... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 110286

  53. The History of H.M. Navigation School, 1729-1926.
    (NAVAL.) DICKSON, R. K. The History of H.M. Navigation School, 1729-1926.

    Portsmouth : 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 this appears to be a 31 page... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 105484

  54. Reminiscences of a Naval Officer, during the Late War.
    CRAWFORD, Abraham, Captain. Reminiscences of a Naval Officer, during the Late War.

    London : 1851

    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 daily in action from June... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 103566

  55. Naval Tactics and Trials of Sailing; illustrated by Diagrams of Several Evolutions.
    BIDDLECOMBE, George. Naval Tactics and Trials of Sailing; illustrated by Diagrams of Several Evolutions.

    London : 1850

    First edition. This copy from the library of the earl of Ellenborough with heirloom stamp to the front pastedown. Sir George Biddlecombe, (1807-1878), naval officer and hydrographer, joined the merchant navy at the age of 16, "he was an officer in the East India Company's navy in 1825-8. Passing as a second master in the Royal Navy in May 1828, he was... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 102412

  56. The Life of Augustus Viscount Keppel, Admiral Of The White And First Lord Of The Admiralty In 1782-3
    KEPPEL, Thomas. The Life of Augustus Viscount Keppel, Admiral Of The White And First Lord Of The Admiralty In 1782-3

    London : 1842

    First edition and still the major printed source on Viscount Keppel (1725-1786), one of the most interesting British naval commanders of the second half of the 18th century. "Keppel entered the navy in 1735 and five years later accompanied Anson on his voyage of circumnavigation. In 1785 he led a small expedition against Gorée on the West African coast.... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 100784

  57. Traité sur la Construction des Vaisseaux.
    MAITZ DE GOIMPY, Louis-Edmé-François, Comte de. Traité sur la Construction des Vaisseaux.

    Paris : 1776

    First edition of this attractive study of current movements in shipbuilding. Maitz de Goimpy (1729-1816) entered the French Navy as a garde-marin (cadet) in 1748. He made lieutenant in 1752, and in the same year was appointed deputy academician at the newly-instituted Académie de Marine, becoming a full academician the following year. Commissioned... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 99205

  58. Précis des pratiques de l'art naval, en France, en Espagne et en Angleterre,
    BABRON, Jean-Baptiste-Antoine. Précis des pratiques de l'art naval, en France, en Espagne et en Angleterre,

    Brest : 1817

    First and only edition. Uncommon, 4 copies only on OCLC - BnF, NYPL, Fisher Library, Toronto, Danish Union Catalogue. Compiled by Babron (1772-1841), a frigate captain, who began work on it when 22, but was only able to finally publish after his retirement from the sea in 1813. In his introduction he explains that he became convinced that in France... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 98993

  59. Instruction Élémentaire et Raisonée sur la Construction-Pratique  des Vaisseaux,
    DURANTI DE LIRONCOURT, M. de. Instruction Élémentaire et Raisonée sur la Construction-Pratique des Vaisseaux,

    Paris : 1771

    First edition. Uncommon with just 25 copies worldwide noted by OCLC. Printed with the approbation of the chevalier de Borda as a shipbuilding manual for the use of the Gardes de la Marine, essentially the students of a distributed Royal Naval College. It was produced in dictionary form, without plates, with the intention of forcing the students to learn... Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 98924

  60. Documents d'Ethnographie Navale.
    POUJADE, Jean. Documents d'Ethnographie Navale.

    Paris : 1946-8

    First editions, all published. Uncommon. An excellent set of these important works of naval ethnography, forming a series on boat construction around the world. The series was planned as a supplement to Admiral François-Edmond Paris' famous Souvenirs de Marine Conservés , first published in 1877, the Fascicule Introductif including an index to Paris'... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 94734

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