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

    London : 1897

    First UK edition, first impression. Learn More
    £695.00

    Stock Code: 120265

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. General Instructions and Local Regulations for the Squadron and Naval Establishments on the China Station, 1899.
    (ADMIRALTY.) General Instructions and Local Regulations for the Squadron and Naval Establishments on the China Station, 1899.

    [Hong Kong] : 1899

    Extremely rare station order book printed a few months before the onset of the Boxer Rebellion, untraced in libraries and secondary literature. From the library of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, not marked as such, though copiously revised by annotation or by the insertion of printed slips, assiduously enumerated in the "Corrections to Station Order Book"... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 114737

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Kriegsmarine officer cadet photograph album from the shakedown cruise of the SSS Albert Leo Schlageter.
    (NAVAL.) Kriegsmarine officer cadet photograph album from the shakedown cruise of the SSS Albert Leo Schlageter.

    1937-38

    A fascinating survival from the pre-war Kriegsmarine: a photograph album kept by a naval cadet serving on the three-masted school ship the SSS Albert Leo Schlageter, one of five such ships built by Blohm & Voss at Hamburg. She was launched on 30 October 1937 - the cadet's portrait is dated 31.10.37, the day after - and her first commander was Fregattenkapitän... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 111525

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Overseas.
    BROWN, F. W. Overseas.

    1934

    Second edition of this memoir, privately printed on parchment paper and produced to honour the author, Lieutenant Fletcher Webster Brown, who served in the U.S. Navy during the First World War. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 103632

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. Report of the Committee on the Inflexible. With Appendix.
    (NAVAL.) Report of the Committee on the Inflexible. With Appendix.

    London : 1878

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon. COPAC locates just NLS and Liverpool, OCLC adds the Technische Universiteit at Delft. Inflexible was built to counter the Mediterranean threat of the Italian battleships Duilio and Dandolo, huge ironclad platforms carrying two pairs of 15-inch Armstrong guns each. Inflexible mounted more ordnance than any... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 94263

  25. Steam Warfare in the Parana:
    MACKINNON, Lauchlan Bellingham. Steam Warfare in the Parana:

    London : 1848

    First edition. Uncommon account of the Anglo-French naval interventions against Rojas's Argentine Confederation written by a participant. Mackinnon "obtained the particular mention of Commodore Sir Chas., Hotham for the skill he exemplified in the command of the rocket-party at San Lorenzo, which had been obliged to remain two days and nights concealed... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 92655

  26. A Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty's Ship the Swiftsure,
    WILLYAMS, Cooper. A Voyage up the Mediterranean in His Majesty's Ship the Swiftsure,

    London : 1802

    First edition of this richly illustrated first-hand account of the Battle of the Nile. Cooper Willyams (1762-1816), topographer and artist, was ordained in 1784. In 1797, he became domestic chaplain to the earl of St Vincent before he, a year later, began serving as chaplain of HMS Swiftsure, captained by Benjamin Hallowell. Willyams was on board the... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 92461

  27. Relatione della giornata delle Scorciolare, fra l'armata Turchesca, & Christiana alli sette d'Ottobre 1571.
    (BATTLE OF LEPANTO.) Relatione della giornata delle Scorciolare, fra l'armata Turchesca, & Christiana alli sette d'Ottobre 1571.

    Rome : [1571]

    First edition of this rare account of the celebrated battle in which a coalition of Mediterranean states, partly under the legendary commander Mathurin Romegas, defeated the Turkish fleet off Lepanto in October 1571. Lepanto was the last major naval battle in the Mediterranean fought entirely between galleys and represented a significant defeat for... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 90899

  28. 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: 89797

  29. The Nelson Memorial.
    LAUGHTON, John Knox. The Nelson Memorial.

    1896

    First edition, number 16 of 100 Large Paper copies on Arnold's Paper. Attractively produced study by the noted naval historian, an attempt "to describe some of the influences which tended to form Nelsons' character " (Preface). Crested bookplate of the industrialist Frank Reddaway to the front pastedown. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 87975

  30. Life and Correspondence of John, Earl of St. Vincent, …
    (ST. VINCENT.) BRENTON, Edward Pelham. Life and Correspondence of John, Earl of St. Vincent, …

    London : 1838

    First edition. The earliest full biography of this unjustly neglected figure. Perhaps best remembered for his patronage, as "Nelson's Dear lord", of Britain's greatest Naval hero, St. Vincent pursued a far less spectacular, but in no way way less worthy career, than that of his great protegé; "St Vincent was not a great tactician. The battle of St... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 85996

  31. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.
    COOK, John, & John Maule. An Historical Account of the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich, M,DCC,LXXXIX.

    London : 1789

    First edition. Uncommon. Reprints in full the original grants of William and Mary for the establishment of the Hospital, and offers a detailed description of the building works, and the finished structure, accompanied by a spectacular folding engraved plate of a river view taken from a drawing by Thomas Lancey. Lancey was placed at the Hospital school... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 85988

  32. The King's Ships - K-Z.
    LECKY, Halton Stirling. The King's Ships - K-Z.

    ?London : c.1920

    Proofs of the continuation of Lecky's remarkable work of compilation The King's Ships, containing outline details of over 1700 ships and their engagements. Volumes I-III, covering A-J, had been published by Horace Muirhead, 1913-4, but publication of the concluding 3 volumes was suspended due to the outbreak of the First World War, and never resumed.... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 83203

  33. A New Voyage to the East-Indies in the Year 1690 and 1691.
    POUCHOT DE CHANTASSIN, Claude-Michel, & Joseph-Jacques Le Maire. A New Voyage to the East-Indies in the Year 1690 and 1691.

    London : 1696

    First editions in English. The first part is a translation of Pouchot de Chantassin's Relation du Voyage et Retour des Indes Orientales pendant les Années 1690 & 1691. Par un Garde de la Marine Servant sur le Bord de Monsieur Duquesne (Paris, 1692). His name is not given in this translation, but appears in the privilege to the French edition. "The... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 80264

  34. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.
    BOSCHETTI, Ambrogio. Il Mar Baltico e sue Coste descritti e illustrati.

    Trieste : 1854

    First and only edition, attractive and uncommon, just seven copies on OCLC, four of them in Italy and one apiece in the USA (Harvard), Germany (Bayerische Staatsbiblioothek), and Switzerland (Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese); no copy in the UK. A timely and thorough description of the Baltic and the cities of its coast, published during the Crimean War:... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 79397

  35. Extracts from the Treaties between Great-Britain and other Kingdoms and States of such Articles as relate to the Duty and Conduct of the Commanders of His Majesty's Ships of War.
    GOSTLING, George. Extracts from the Treaties between Great-Britain and other Kingdoms and States of such Articles as relate to the Duty and Conduct of the Commanders of His Majesty's Ships of War.

    [London : 1792

    First edition, large paper copy. An important compilation produced for the reference of ship's captains at the point of Britain's entry into a defining period of naval warfare, culminating at Trafalgar. This superbly-bound copy from the library of John Scott, first earl of Eldon, with his ownership inscription before ennoblement "John Scott, Lincoln... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 76369

  36. The Transport's Monitor: or, Guide To Masters Of Transports, Victuallers, Hired Tenders …
    ABBOTT, Henry. The Transport's Monitor: or, Guide To Masters Of Transports, Victuallers, Hired Tenders …

    London : 1808

    Second and expanded edition, first published 1805; a timely publication at a time of continued warfare. The demand for a logistical fleet rose to a peak during the wars of revolution and the Napoleonic war, as the need to transport troops, equipment, and supplies in larger and larger numbers became a necessity to support extended operations overseas.... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 76269

  37. The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. From His Lordship's Manuscripts.
    CLARKE, James Stanier, & John McArthur. The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson, K.B. From His Lordship's Manuscripts.

    London : 1809

    First edition. "One of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Wilson, 'Nelson Apotheosised' in Cannadine (ed.), Admiral Lord Nelson), "the 'official' biography" (NMM). M'Arthur, a former naval purser, had served with Nelson in the Mediterranean and had already begun collecting material for a biography when he saw "an advertisement in the... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 72337

  38. La Campagne Maritime de 1805: Trafalgar.
    DESBRIÈRE, Édouard. La Campagne Maritime de 1805: Trafalgar.

    Paris : 1907

    First edition, decidedly uncommon. For his highly influential The Campaign of Trafalgar (1910), Sir Julian Corbett relied heavily on "the monumental works of Colonel Édouard Desbrière, entitled Projets et tentatives de débarquement aux Îles Britanniques (1793-1805) and La Campagne Maritime de 1805: Trafalgar, published under the direction of the... Learn More
    £685.00

    Stock Code: 72048

  39. Tactique des Torpilleurs d'Escadre.
    (FRENCH NAVAL TACTICS.) Tactique des Torpilleurs d'Escadre.

    [Paris : 1914

    First edition, designated Confidential and subsequently reclassified as Secret in manuscript, no other copy traced. A detailed handbook of French destroyer tactics which had currency throughout the First World War, corrections of January 1917 and March 1922 noted at the "Fiche des Corrections", and added to the text in red ink. That this was a practical... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 71043

  40. Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain,
    BEATSON, Robert. Naval and Military Memoirs of Great Britain,

    London : 1804

    Second edition, the first, published in 1790, was in three volumes, this continues the account down to the conclusion of the War of Independence, "Particularly useful for the army's campaigns in America" (Bruce). Beatson saw early service at Rochefort in 1758, and at Martinique and Guadeloupe. On his father's death he came into an inheritance and concentrated... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 70850

  41. A Journal of the Forces which sailed from the Downs, in April 1800. on a Secret Expedition under the Command of Lieut.-Gen. Pigot,
    ANDERSON, Aeneas. A Journal of the Forces which sailed from the Downs, in April 1800. on a Secret Expedition under the Command of Lieut.-Gen. Pigot,

    London : 1802

    First and only edition of this uncommon personal account of the operations against the French in the Mediterranean concluding with the Egyptian Expedition and the surrender at Alexandria, particularly prized for the account of Malta and views of the island after Anderson's own drawings. In June 1798 the French occupied Malta with ease, largely due to... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 70550

  42. Essais sur les Machines Hydrauliques,
    DUCREST, [Charles Louis,] marquis de. Essais sur les Machines Hydrauliques,

    Paris : 1777

    First edition. On hydraulics, the construction of hydraulic machines, and shipbuilding, illustrated with a fine set of technical illustrations, this work includes the general principles of the resistance of fluids, and of the mechanics of paddle-wheels and their application in mills and pumps. One chapter is devoted to the resistance of fluids against... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 68900

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

    Portsea : 1849

    First edition, this copy inscribed on the front free endpaper; "To F. J. Anstey, Esquire, with the kindest regards and very best wishes of Mrs. Liardet, and the Author - August 8th 1850." Liardet entered the Navy in 1809 as a second-class volunteer on board the Mercury. He served in the War of 1812; in the West Indies in the 1820s in command of the... Learn More
    £800.00

    Stock Code: 68628

  44. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.
    FRANCIS, Joseph. The Life Saving Appliances of Joseph Francis.

    No place : 1887

    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC records just 4 copies - US Coast Guard Academy, Smithsonian, NYPL, and Texas Tech. Francis's name was extremely well-known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, but his fame waned with the frequency of maritime disasters. He devoted his life to the invention of maritime life-saving devices, his most famous... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 68595

  45. Considerations touching a Warre with Spaine.
    BACON, Francis. Considerations touching a Warre with Spaine.

    1629

    First edition, uncommon, just a handful of copies at auction in the last 30 years. Written in 1624, this essay is dedicated to Charles I, as prince of Wales ("Your Maiestie hath an Imperiall name; It was a Charles that brought the Empire first into France; A Charles that brought it first into Spaine; Why should not Great Brittaine have his turne?"),... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 68486

  46. [Collection of 10 pamphlets relating to the controversy concerning the battle of Toulon.]
    LESTOCK, Richard, & Thomas Mathews. [Collection of 10 pamphlets relating to the controversy concerning the battle of Toulon.]

    London : 1744-5

    First editions. An interesting selection of publications offering insight into this perfect exemplar of the eighteenth-century naval controversy, questions of ship-handling, the interpretation of signals, and personality clashes, all overlaid by matters of patronage. "Lestock's name will always be connected with the battle of Toulon (11 February 1744).... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 67755

  47. The Narrative of Captain David Woodard and Four Seamen,
    WOODARD, David. The Narrative of Captain David Woodard and Four Seamen,

    London : 1804

    First edition. "In January of 1793, Woodard sailed in the American ship Enterprise form Batavia, bound for Manila. Sent off in a boat with five others to purchase provisions from another ship, they found themselves separated from their own ship after a storm they were forced to land on Celebes, where one of them was murdered by the Malays and the others... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 67655

  48. The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.
    (NAVAL.) The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.

    1808

    First edition of this extremely uncommon poetical account of a two-month "shakedown" cruise with a new ship's company on a British man of war. The work was begun as a pastime during a "regimen on shore recruiting an extremely exhausted constitution". Finding his "Sketches of Scenes which had occurred on Naval Service increasing," the author decided... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 67173

  49. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,
    AYROUARD, Jacques. Recueil de plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades et de quelques Cartes particulières de la Mer Méditerranée,

    [Paris or Marseille?] : 1732-46

    First and only edition of this uncommon collection of charts, including the first printed chart of Monaco, a large folding map of Marseilles, and accurate charts of most of the ports, harbours and bays of the region.
    Ayrouard's work forms a working waggoner for the coast, recording soundings, anchorages, and pilotage notes on rocks and reefs, and... Learn More
    £18,000.00

    Stock Code: 66701

  50. Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing.
    SERRES, Dominick, & John Thomas. Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing.

    London : 1805-6

    First edition. An excellent copy of probably the grandest English naval aquatint book, eight of the plates here being coloured, in Abbey's copy only plate XVII was coloured. Dominick and John Thomas Serres were father and son. The father was born at Auch in Gascony, and educated at the famous Benedictine academy in Douai, being intended for the clergy.... Learn More
    £16,500.00

    Stock Code: 63304

  51. Regulations and Instructions relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea.
    (NAVAL REGULATIONS.) Regulations and Instructions relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea.

    [London : 1806

    First issued in 1731, these are the fundamental regulations governing "the organization and discipline of the British Navy" (Uden & Cooper, A Dictionary of British Ships and Seamen), this edition published the year following Trafalgar. "Up to 1731 every commander-in-chief had issued his own code of instructions to his ships, but in that year appeared... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 62707

  52. Major Operations of the Royal Navy, 1762-1783.
    MAHAN, Alfred Thayer. Major Operations of the Royal Navy, 1762-1783.

    1898

    First edition, just three copies on OCLC - Harvard, University of Portland, Naval War College, Rhode Island. Consists of sheets of Mahan's chapter from Clowes' monumental history of the British Navy, bound up with a US-printed title page. A revised edition was published by Little, Brown in 1913, but the present issue was not recorded by Mahan's bibliographers,... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 60710

  53. Cumloden Papers.
    (STEWART, Sir William.) Cumloden Papers.

    Edinburgh : 1871

    First edition of this uncommon memoir of "auld grog Wullie", printed in an edition of just 50 copies. OCLC locates just six copies; only one copy appears in auction records in the last 30 years. The work contains a lengthy biographical preface; Stewart's own journal of the Baltic Expedition and the Battle of Copenhagen, where he "was himself on Nelson's... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 59836

  54. The Naval Brigade in South Africa during the Years 1877-78-79.
    NORBURY, Henry F[rederick], Fleet-Surgeon. The Naval Brigade in South Africa during the Years 1877-78-79.

    1880

    First edition. Uncommon, COPAC has just the BL, NLS and Cambridge copies, OCLC shows twelve copies only. Norbury was Principal Medical Officer of General Sir Charles Pearson's Column being present at the Battle of Inyezane and during the Defence of Ekowe. He was afterwards Principal Medical Officer of the Naval Brigade with General Crealock's Column,... Learn More
    £1,950.00

    Stock Code: 59622

  55. The History of the Baltic Campaign of 1854.
    NAPIER, Sir Charles, Vice-Admiral. The History of the Baltic Campaign of 1854.

    1857

    First edition. Napier's apologia for the Naval conduct of the Crimean War. Napier directed the blame at the Admiralty, whilst most looked to him blaming "...his capricious humour or want of nerve, which - there were people who said - had been destroyed by too liberal and too long continued potations of Scotch whisky; while others referred to his own... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 46874

  56. 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

  57. Naval Poems. Pleasures of the Naval Life, and the Battle of Trafalgar.
    DOWNEY, Thomas. Naval Poems. Pleasures of the Naval Life, and the Battle of Trafalgar.

    1813

    First edition. Downey explains that he has written "The Pleasures of Naval Life" as a corrective to the "tone of querulous despondence" that underlies so much naval literature; "The Naval Life is NOT a series of privations, distresses, and affliction. It presents a variety of situations, the delights of which are heightened by contrast." The poem takes... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 42970

  58. The Case of the Dutch Ships, Considered.
    MARRIOTT, Sir James. The Case of the Dutch Ships, Considered.

    London : 1758

    First edition. Published when Marriott had recently graduated in Law and entered the College of Advocates, and at the height of the Seven Years' War, this pamphlet contends that "... that the Dutch had forfeited claims to neutrality by trading with French colonies and by allowing Dutch territory to be used by France" (James Ford Bell Catalogue, M178).... Learn More
    £700.00

    Stock Code: 40557

  59. Lives of the British Admirals:
    CAMPBELL, John. Lives of the British Admirals:

    1812-17

    Best Edition, down to the Expedition against Algiers in 1816. Campbell's work, originally published between 1742 and 1744, was subsequently revised, expanded, and condensed in various editions issued up to a hundred years after his death in 1775.
    "A man of untiring industry and considerable accomplishment, Campbell is described as gentle in manner... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 40293

  60. Observations on Arming Merchant Vessels,
    HAWKINS, Griffin. Observations on Arming Merchant Vessels,

    1812

    First Edition. Scarce, no other copy traced. "The general and decided approbation which the Patent Boarding Defence has met from those gentlemen, who have had an opportunity of inspecting the specimens, has led me to the farther consideration of the subject of Arming Private Ships..." From the Author's Preface. When deployed the system rapidly extended... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 38583

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