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Rare first editions, deluxe and collectible editions of books, pamphlets, and ephemera relating to military actions at sea, also shipbuilding and mercantile shipping. See also Sailing under Sports & leisure.

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  1. 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

  2. 143475
    [RUSSELL, Charles Watts.] Log of the "Bayard" from London to Bombay.

    Oundle : [c.1870]

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just two copies traced in libraries world-wide (Oxford and British Library). The Bayard was a three-masted sailing ship built by Liverpool shipbuilders T. Vernon and Son in 1864. It was acquired by the Sun Shipping Company in 1868, the year of the author's journey, undertaken seemingly for health reasons.... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 143475

  3. 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

  4. The Life of Nelson.
    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

  5. The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.
    CLARKE, James Stanier, & John M'Arthur. The Life and Services of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, from His Lordship's Manuscripts.

    London : [1840]

    Second complete edition, preceded by the 1809 first edition in two weighty folio volumes, and a much abridged single octavo edition in 1810; this edition was more manageable than the first, and originally issued in seven parts to be bound, as here, in three. It includes three appendices published for the first time: the recollections of Tom Allen, Nelson's... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 140504

  6. The Cruise of the "Agamemnon".
    BRITISH NAVY. The Cruise of the "Agamemnon".

    Plymouth : 1869

    First and sole edition of this compilation of Times newspaper articles documenting the voyage of HMS Agamemnon to lay the Atlantic Telegraph Company's first transatlantic telegraph cable. This work, which was published for private distribution, is now notably uncommonly, with just one copy traced institutionally worldwide, that held... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 142947

  7. Memorandum as to the Origin of Naval Uniform.
    MILLER, Francis H. Memorandum as to the Origin of Naval Uniform.

    London : 1884

    First editions of these uncommon works, this example with a neat contemporary list of Secretaries of the Admiralty from 1807 to 1849 loosely inserted. The two works collected here trace the development of the uniforms of the Royal Navy from the earliest recorded warrant granted by James I in 1604 to the revision of the Uniform Regulations issued in... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 142967

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. A Display of the Naval Flags of All Nations.
    FLAGS - FISHER, Henry. A Display of the Naval Flags of All Nations.

    London : 1833

    Uncommon early ninetenenth-century flag reference. Library Hub locates a single copy of an earlier Fisher edition at the V & A, WolrdCat offers 6 locations for various editions between 1827 and 1840, and NAM have a copy of the present edition. Attractive compilation of British ensigns, together with national, state, port and trading company flags. Two... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142581

  11. To the Right Honourable the Master Wardens, Elder Brethren of the Trinity House. This Plate Descriptive of the Maritime Flags of all the Nations, Is most Respectfully Dedicated by their Obliged & humble Servt.
    FLAGS - NORIE, John William. To the Right Honourable the Master Wardens, Elder Brethren of the Trinity House. This Plate Descriptive of the Maritime Flags of all the Nations, Is most Respectfully Dedicated by their Obliged & humble Servt.

    London : 1835

    An appealing contemporary presentation of this wonderful vexillological reference. Originally issued by William Heather in 1800, the sheet was reissued in an updated version by Norie after he took over the business on Heather's death, Norie had worked for Heather since 1797. Library Hub and WolrdCat list only BL for Heather's original edition. Wonderful... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 142564

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    FORESTER, C. S. Flying Colours.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front pastedown. This is the true first printing of Flying Colours issued in conjunction with the Book Society, preceding the single volume publication, and with the Book Society bookplate from one of its members, W. Cowden, to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 143143

  13. The Happy Return.
    FORESTER, C. S. The Happy Return.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, signed by Forester on the half-title.

    This is the first Hornblower book; "with the publication of The Happy Return, Forester created his best-known character, Horatio Hornblower, a sensitive and gifted individual, the flowering of whose talents within the chain of naval command revealed the author's understanding... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 143150

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    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

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    O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Commodore.

    London : 1994

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This is the seventeenth title in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 142923

  16. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.
    MALLETT, Alfred J. Small naval archive including original notice board announcement of VJ Day from submarine HM Submarine Terrapin.

    1927-1962

    Slight and slightly scruffy, this nevertheless remains an evocative assemblage of documents from an extraordinarily long and highly distinguished naval career. Perhaps the "star" item being the two-page "Notice Board Copy", pencil on naval message pad, of the announcement of VJ Day from the submarine Terrapin, which was at that point returning via Suez... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142705

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Dvadtsat' sem' mesyatsev na dreyfuyushchem korable «Georgiy Sedov» [Twenty-seven months on the drifting ship "Georgy Sedov"]
    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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. A Narrative of the Loss of the Royal George, at Spithead, August, 1782;
    SLIGHT, Julian. A Narrative of the Loss of the <em>Royal George, </em>at Spithead, August, 1782;

    Portsea : 1841

    One of numerous editions, following the first of 1840, of this popular souvenir bound in timber salvaged from the wreck. Desperately fragile, and consequently uncommon, BL only for this edition. While undergoing repairs off Spithead in 1782 the Royal George sank with the loss of 800 lives. As she became an obstruction to the anchorage, Sir... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141452

  23. Strictures on Naval Discipline, and the Conduct of a Ship of War.
    PATTON, Philip. Strictures on Naval Discipline, and the Conduct of a Ship of War.

    [c.1807]

    Extremely uncommon collection of the clear- and far-sighted memoranda on naval discipline of a long-serving sailor described by Lord Keith as this "deep-thinking and hard-fighting officer." This copy inscribed on the front pastedown, "From Patton to Mr. Ferguson?", the conclusion of the inscription erased.

    A scattering of the individual papers... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 42976

  24. 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

  25. Photos. Hull No. 2040. "World Hero" -  official shipyard album documenting daily progress on the construction of an oil tanker.
    (SHIPBUILDING) Photos. Hull No. 2040. "World Hero" - official shipyard album documenting daily progress on the construction of an oil tanker.

    Yokohama, Japan : 1970

    Remarkable "time-lapse" shipyard photo album documenting the construction of the oil tanker World Hero in 1970; from keel laying on May 7, 1970, to launch September 23, 1970, and finally delivery to Aquarius Shipping Co. on December 1, 1970. World Hero was constructed with a DWT - dead-weight tonnage - of 226,466 tons, and was one of the transitional... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 134938

  26. Ledger book containing 30 large ink and water-colour detail drafts of warship construction.
    HANCOCK, Samuel Edward, Acting Carpenter. Ledger book containing 30 large ink and water-colour detail drafts of warship construction.

    Devonport : 1904-5

    A wonderful insight into naval construction and shipyard practice at the outset of the Anglo-German naval arms race, "formally" initiated with the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906. The drawings constituted part of Hancock's training process, similar to the technical drawings, maps and drafts commonly found in a middy's journal book, but here the craft... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 133180

  27. Unusual personal photograph album of ship- and boat-building projects.
    COLLIER, William Bell & Page Blackwood. Unusual personal photograph album of ship- and boat-building projects.

    San Francisco, CA, Norfolk, VA & Portsmouth, NH : 1891-1924

    Highly appealing album showing various craft designed and built by naval architect William B. Collier (1869-1951) working both privately with his brother Page (1871-1913), and for the U.S. Navy. The vessels range in scale from steam launches and motorboats built by the brothers and trialed on Clear Lake, California in the 1890s to the USS Olympia, Admiral... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 133169

  28. Collection of 35 documents relating to Captain John McIver and the privateer Swallow.
    (PRIVATEERING; WEST INDIES.) Collection of 35 documents relating to Captain John McIver and the privateer Swallow.

    c. 1796-97

    An outstanding and extraordinarily comprehensive tranche of documents, including impressive original Letters of Marque, relating to the British-built armed brig Swallow, a privateer out of Liverpool operating in the Caribbean under the experienced command of prize-master John McIver. The archive covers in remarkable breadth and detail the purchase,... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 133528

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. [Photograph album, titled on front cover:] In Memory of My China Cruise.
    CHINA - BERRY, Charles Edmond, Yeoman 2nd Class, US Navy. [Photograph album, titled on front cover:] In Memory of My China Cruise.

    Chefoo (Yantai), Shanghai, Singapore : 1934-7

    A highly evocative album containing over 300 photographs, both personal and from commercial studios, recording the active service of the USS Parrott (DD-218) on the China Station with the Asiatic Fleet - part of Destroyer Division 58 - including the Asiatic neutrality patrol in 1935 and 1936, offering a wealth of images of China, Japan, the Philippines,... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 115861

  33. Raiders of the Deep.
    THOMAS, Lowell. Raiders of the Deep.

    Garden City, NY : 1940

    Signed by Thomas on the front free endpaper. Reprint of the broadcaster and journalist's account of submarine warfare during the First World War, originally published in 1928. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140083

  34. 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

  35. Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.
    NAVAL EXPEDITIONARY FORCE. Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.

    London : 1915

    First and only edition, perhaps never published: the title page has the ink stamp of Kennett & Co., 26 November 1915, together with the inked annotation "Private File Copy". An excellent visual record of the brief naval campaign that secured the Wouri Estuary and the port of Douala for the Allies, forcing the Germans to withdraw to the mountainous interior.... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139976

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. Log book of Commodore John Ford.
    (SLAVERY; WEST INDIES.) HAITIAN SLAVE REVOLT. Log book of Commodore John Ford.

    1792 - 1794

    A conspicuous survival from a period of violent tumult in the Caribbean: the log book of the distinguished Royal Navy officer Commodore John Ford, kept while Commander-in-Chief, Jamaica Station. "At the start of the French Revolutionary War Ford d. 1796 had nine small vessels including three frigates in addition to his flagship at Jamaica. Having been... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 128585

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. Letter Book of correspondence with Admiral Duckworth during the retaking of Minorca, 1798-9.
    STUART, Sir Charles, General. Letter Book of correspondence with Admiral Duckworth during the retaking of Minorca, 1798-9.

    Mahon : 1798-9

    It is rare indeed that British Military History throws up a general who seriously could be considered as an exemplar of Sun Tzu's Sage Commander. And it is perhaps not particularly surprising, in view of the generally sanguinary tendencies of the historians of the British Army, that his greatest feat "being bloodless, has been absolutely forgotten"... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 120807

  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. 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

  51. 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

  52. [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

  53. 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

  54. Small silk pocketbook with nautically-themed goldwork.
    (NAVAL.) Small silk pocketbook with nautically-themed goldwork.

    ?German : 1827

    An exquisite little ?wedding token in typical Beidermeier taste. The white silk and gold thread, together with the wreaths and paired initials do suggest a symbolic rather than practical role for the anchor, although the repetition of the motif and its presence in a "realisitc" setting may suggest a nautical context. Delightful. Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 131570

  55. 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

  56. Superb large black leather concertina-form porte-feuille.
    DUFF, Archibald, Vice-Admiral. Superb large black leather concertina-form porte-feuille.

    ?France : c.1805

    Superb early nineteenth-century letter-case formerly owned by Vice-Admiral Archibald Duff. This is a particularly large and fine example of this form of wallet or filing case, also termed a "serviette" in French, which seems to have been used widely by French officers and politicians during the late 18th to early 19th century. The museum at Malmaison... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 131160

  57. Journal Book, Signal Station, Caistor Norfolk.
    (NAVAL SIGNALS.) Journal Book, Signal Station, Caistor Norfolk.

    Caistor, Norfolk : 1807

    A remarkable survival, documentation offering insight into the working of this nineteenth-century early warning system, we have been unable to trace any other examples. "Although during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic War the Royal Navy generally had the mastery of the French, one strategy to which the French resorted caused some concern: commerce... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 131013

  58. 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

  59. 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 WorldCat and none on Library Hub. This is a comprehensive report on the Nazi Operation "Sealion", the planned German naval invasion of... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 129940

  60. 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

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