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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. Sketches of the Last Naval War.
    DE LA GRAVIÈRE, Captain E. Jurien. Sketches of the Last Naval War.

    London : 1848

    First edition. Surprisingly impartial account, essentially a life of Nelson, originally published in the Revue des Deux Mondes. Jurien de la Gravière entered the navy in 1828 at 16, during the Crimean War he held a command in the Black Sea; in the Second War of Italian Independence he conducted a close blockade of Austrian ports on the Adriatic;... Learn More
    £550.00

    Stock Code: 37738

  2. A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Fleet, under the Command of Earl Howe,
    (NAVAL.) A Narrative of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Fleet, under the Command of Earl Howe,

    London : 1796

    First edition. Uncommon, with two copies only on COPAC, BL and Cambridge, and ten copies listed on OCLC. An extremely intriguing promotional device/guide to the paintings of the Glorious First of June commissioned from Robert Clevely and engraved by "the ingenious Mr. de Poggi". The erratically paginated text consists of the Narrative, itself... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 37734

  3. The Burial Service, Chant, Evening Service, Dirge & Anthems, Appointed to be Performed at the Funeral of Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronti [sic.], at St Pauls Cathedral,
    (NELSON.) PAGE, John (ed.) The Burial Service, Chant, Evening Service, Dirge & Anthems, Appointed to be Performed at the Funeral of Lord Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronti [sic.], at St Pauls Cathedral,

    London : 1806

    First and only edition, of this record of the musical component of perhaps the most emotive and dramatic state funeral ever held in Britain. "The huge congregation - estimated at 10,000 - in the cathedral included two future Kings of England in addition to their five royal brothers. The scene in the stately sanctuary is described in the Times as 'too... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 137775

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

    London : 1813

    First edition, first issue with page 258 of volume two misnumbered as 852. "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
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 137794

  5. Roger Keyes.
    ASPINALL-OGLANDER, Cecil. Roger Keyes.

    London : 1951

    First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Elizabeth, this memory of her wonderful father, with love from Cecil Aspinall Oglander, Oct 1951" on the initial blank, with the publisher's printed compliments slip ("Sent at the author's request") laid in. Elizabeth has annotated two pages (8 and 441) in the book, the first identifying... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 118288

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

    Leiden : 1764

    First edition of this work on the diseases incidental to seamen, a considerably expanded edition of author's thesis published at Leiden in 1762. Louis Rouppe (1729-1780) travelled much in the West-Indies as a naval physician aboard the Princess Carolina vessel for the Dutch West Indische Companie. This work, published in Latin, is often considered the... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 132861

  7. A Complete and Universal Dictionary of Signals for Boats of Her Majesty's Fleet:
    EARDLEY-WILMOT, Arthur Parry. A Complete and Universal Dictionary of Signals for Boats of Her Majesty's Fleet:

    London : 1850

    First edition, this a prepublication presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the first blank; "Mrs. Holt with the author's most affectionate love, November 1849". The recipient was possibly Jemima Arabella, the author's aunt who married Sir John Holt. Extremely uncommon, OCLC shows just 6 locations for this first edition - BL, NLS, Oxford, Cambridge,... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 119966

  8. 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.

    1809

    First edition. "One of the main foundation stones of the Nelson legend" (Wilson, "Nelson Apotheosised" in Cannadine (ed.), Admiral Lord Nelson). McArthur, 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 papers announcing that the Nelson... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 46705

  9. The U-Boat Mastered - two galley-proofs for The Second World War, heavily emended in Churchill's hand.
    CHURCHILL, Winston S. The U-Boat Mastered - two galley-proofs for The Second World War, heavily emended in Churchill's hand.

    London : 10 February & 19 April, 1950

    Working material towards Churchill's The Second World War is rarely encountered on the market: offered here is a revealing pair of galley proofs towards the section covering the climax of the war against the U-boats. This account was originally intended for Volume IV but was eventually incorporated into the first chapter of Volume V, The Closing of... Learn More
    £35,000.00

    Stock Code: 88386

  10. The Adventures of the "Emden's" Crew;
    (WWI - NAVAL) MÜCKE, Helmuth von, Lieut.-Commander. The Adventures of the "Emden's" Crew;

    London : 1915

    First and only edition, print run of 1,000 copies only, just a single copy located in the National Library of Australia. Translation of an firsthand account of the remarkable escape of part of the renowned commerce raider's crew under the leadership off their Executive Officer von Mücke. The Emden was destroyed off the Cocos, while a party under von... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 136084

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

    London : 1807

    First edition. Beatty was the naval surgeon "who attended Nelson after he received his fatal wound, and performed the autopsy" (ODNB). He wrote this account for Clark and M'Arthur's monumental Life "but it was published in this form because of 'the length of time which must necessarily elapse before so extensive and magnificent a Publication can be... Learn More
    £1,650.00

    Stock Code: 85686

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

    London : 1813

    First edition, first issue with page 258 of volume two misnumbered as 852. "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
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 115173

  13. Desolation Island.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. Desolation Island.

    London : 1978

    First edition, first impression. A beautiful copy of the fifth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 87549

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

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression. The sixth book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 85556

  15. Tableau de la Marine de France divisée par Escadres, 1787.
    (NAVAL; French.) Tableau de la Marine de France divisée par Escadres, 1787.

    c.1787]

    Elegant, superbly-finished presentation tabulation of the strength of the French navy at this historically crucial period, just four years after its vital role in the American War of Independence, and two before the outbreak of the French Revolution. In the latter half of the eighteenth century, as the French state set about systematizing and centralizing... Learn More
    £7,250.00

    Stock Code: 60825

  16. Chris-Craft.
    (BOAT-BUILDING.) SMITH, Christopher Columbus, & Jay W. & John Edwin Clifford (sales manager). Chris-Craft.

    Algonac, MI : 1930

    An extremely rare survival, a dealer's deluxe showroom catalogue for Chris-Craft motor boats covering the complete range - from their highly popular mahogany Runabouts to cabin and stateroom cruisers. The accompanying promotional sales letters explain that these volumes were costly to produce, and, as stock changed, additional images would be sent to... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 132983

  17. In the "Sunbeam" R.Y.S.
    [BRASSEY, Sir Thomas.] In the "Sunbeam" R.Y.S.

    [London] : [1914]

    First and sole edition of this scarce pamphlet, Copac citing just two locations among British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge), OCLC adds only San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park; Brassey's compliments slip (dated June 1914) loosely inserted.
    Brassey (1836-1918) concludes his breezy narrative with a chapter giving his... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 128616

  18. Colour-printed crepe paper memorial napkin - Souvenir in Affectionate Remembrance of Admiral Lord Fisher.
    FISHER, John Arbuthnot "Jackie", 1st Baron Fisher. Colour-printed crepe paper memorial napkin - Souvenir in Affectionate Remembrance of Admiral Lord Fisher.

    London : 1920

    Attractive, "unsophisticated art" commemorative for the eccentric, energetic, and ever divisive First Sea Lord "Jackie" Fisher (1841-1920). "Fisher seemed to dominate the navy for close on a generation. He has been described as a genius, though perhaps an erratic one... His forceful style seemed unique; his letters, with their slogans, capitalisations,... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 127516

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

    London : 1859

    First edition. 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 Shannon, the ship was sent to Calcutta. Williams gives his first-hand description... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 127130

  20. Signals and Instructions for Ships under Convoy.
    (NAVAL SIGNALS.) Signals and Instructions for Ships under Convoy.

    London : 1808

    Extremely uncommon set of instructions for merchant ships sailing in convoy during the Napoleonic Wars. Copac shows a single copy dated to 1802 at NMM, OCLC adds copies identified as 1804 at NYPL and Princeton, another lacking self-wraps - "1800s" - at the Peabody Essex and NYHSL, another similar at the State Library of New South Wales, 1802, and copy... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 127082

  21. An Account of the Operations of the American Navy in France during the War with Germany.
    WILSON, Henry B. An Account of the Operations of the American Navy in France during the War with Germany.

    [n.p] : [1919?]

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Mr. Ralph W. Caine, with the compliments of H. B. Wilson". Henry Braid Wilson (1861-1954) was commander of the United States Naval Forces in France during the First World War. His account is very rare in British institutions, with the Imperial War Museum holding the... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 127092

  22. The Mediterranean Pilot:
    MICHELOT, Henri. The Mediterranean Pilot:

    London : 1715

    First English edition. Exceedingly uncommon, a single copy cited by Adams & Waters, at the Ministry of Defence, and only one other copy located in ESTC, Copac, and OCLC, at Oxford. Not found in the National Maritime Museum's online catalogue.
    This translation of Michelot's Le portulan de partie de la Mer Mediterranee (Marsailles, 1703) was executed... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 125965

  23. Verslag van den Ingenieur 1ste Klasse der Marine G. Turk en den Luitenant ter Zee 1ste Klasse L.C. Rovers betreffende hunne reis naar eenige Rijks- en particuliere werven en inrichtingen in Duitschland en Rusland in 1888.
    TURK, Gerbrand & L.C. Rovers. Verslag van den Ingenieur 1ste Klasse der Marine G. Turk en den Luitenant ter Zee 1ste Klasse L.C. Rovers betreffende hunne reis naar eenige Rijks- en particuliere werven en inrichtingen in Duitschland en Rusland in 1888.

    Amsterdam : 1888

    First and only edition, extremely uncommon, just two locations on OCLC both in the Netherlands - Haagse Defensiebibliothek and Het Legermuseum, Delft. Classified "Geheim" - secret - this report gathers Turk and Rovers' technical observations from a tour of naval shipyards through Germany - Wilhelmshaven, Bremen and Kiel; Poland - Stettin and Elbing;... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 124552

  24. Sons of Sindbad.
    VILLIERS, Alan. Sons of Sindbad.

    1940

    First edition, first impression, of what is probably Villiers's finest book. A record of "A journey of 10,000 odd miles along the Arabian and African coasts in dhows, this work contains wonderful stories of feats of seamanship, carried out without the aid of navigation instruments. Perhaps the most graphic chapter is the one entitled Delta of Misery,... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 124094

  25. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;
    BLIGH, Lieutenant William. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    London : 1790

    First edition of Bligh's (1754-1817) personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill), published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny, in an effort to influence opinion in his favour and absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled against him because of the... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 121735

  26. Life in a Man-of-War, or Scenes in Old Ironsides during her Cruise in the Pacific By a Fore-Top-Man.
    MERCIER, Henry James, & William Gallop. Life in a Man-of-War, or Scenes in Old Ironsides during her Cruise in the Pacific By a Fore-Top-Man.

    Philadelphia : 1841

    First edition, uncommon, decidedly so in the original cloth. Mercier shipped aboard the "Constitution" on her 1839 cruise to the Pacific coast of South America. "This lively, well-written narrative presents a detailed view of life before the mast, both the daily details and the unusual moments, including the effects of running out of whiskey (cologne... Learn More
    £1,850.00

    Stock Code: 121255

  27. The Midshipman's Friend:
    EARDLEY-WILMOT, Arthur Parry. The Midshipman's Friend:

    London : 1845

    Second edition, same year as the first. Extremely uncommon, just four locations on Copac - BL, NLS, Oxford and Cambridge - OCLC adds six copies of the first, including NMM and US Naval Academy, and just two of the second, LoC and Toronto Public Library. "The following brief remarks were originally intended for the advice and guidance of a young friend.... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 120120

  28. The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea or Land:
    MACKAY, Andrew. The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea or Land:

    London : 1793

    First edition of this important and scarce work. The Scottish teacher of navigation, Andrew Mackay (1758-1809), "corrected the latitude of Aberdeen, estimated the longitude by comparing timings of Jovian satellite phenomena with Greenwich, and rated chronometers. Meantime he earned his living teaching mathematics, geography, navigation with lunars,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 119448

  29. A Voyage to Arabia Foelix through the Eastern Ocean and the Streights of the Red-Sea, being the First made by the French in the Years 1708, 1709, and 1710.
    [LA ROQUE, Jean de.] A Voyage to Arabia Foelix through the Eastern Ocean and the Streights of the Red-Sea, being the First made by the French in the Years 1708, 1709, and 1710.

    London : 1732

    Second and preferred edition in English of "one of the first accounts of Yemen" (Arcadian Library), first published in English in 1726 (as A Voyage to Arabia the Happy) following its original appearance in French in 1716. La Roque's father, a Marseilles merchant, had travelled with Jean de la Haye's Turkish embassy of 1639-41, then on to the Levant... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 117611

  30. Commonplace book containing documents relating to cruises on the China Station and elsewhere.
    (GOLF; JAPAN.) WHITE, Cyril T. H. Commonplace book containing documents relating to cruises on the China Station and elsewhere.

    1890-1906

    A naval officer's commonplace book from the last years of the 19th century containing rare ephemera, notably two printed documents of 1897 relating to the Hakodate Golf Club. These both predate the accepted date for the foundation of the "first golf club in Japan", at Kobe in 1901. Hakodate, on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the first Japanese... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 117485

  31. The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.
    RAWLINGS, A. L. The Theory of the Gyroscopic Compass and its Deviations.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression, of the author's "pocket book" (Preface) chiefly intended for makers and users of gyrocompasses. A second edition was published in the US in 1944. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 116545

  32. 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 1817]

    First edition, early issue, of this magnificent publication, the apogee of the coloured aquatint, illustrating the high-water mark of Britain's maritime hegemony. "As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years it has no precedent. At no time prior to 1817 had a publisher attempted such a complete volume of documentary naval prints.... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 115370

  33. Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.
    (ARABIAN GULF.) REZVAN, Efim. Russian Ships in the Gulf 1899-1903.

    Reading : 1993

    First edition, first impression. "Using previously unpublished material from the Russian Navy Central Archives in St Petersburg, this book is the first publication of its kind, shedding new light on the period from 1899 to 1903 when Russia succeeded in penetrating the Arabian Gulf for a short time" (jacket blurb). Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 114443

  34. British Merchant Shipping.
    JONES, Clement. British Merchant Shipping.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression. Includes chapters on marine insurance, accounts and statistics, as well as safety and sanitation at sea. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 114161

  35. Services of Capt. the Hon. E. R. Fremantle, R.N.,
    FREMANTLE, Edmund Robert. Services of Capt. the Hon. E. R. Fremantle, R.N.,

    [No place] : [1874]

    First and only edition, rare: Copac locates only one copy in British and Irish institutional libraries (Cambridge), OCLC adds no further copies worldwide.

    A familial presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "Mr. W. Baird, from his friend, Lord Cottesloe, April 1874". Thomas Francis Fremantle (1798-1890), first Baron Cottesloe,... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 113559

  36. The Trial of Vice-Admiral Byng,
    (ADMIRAL BYNG.) The Trial of Vice-Admiral Byng,

    London : 1757

    First editions. The trial and execution of admiral John Byng (1704-1757) was one of the great cause célèbres of the mid-eighteenth century. "After his failure to relieve Minorca from the French (1756), he was court-martialled and shot on the quarter-deck of his own flagship, the Monarch for lack of resolution. This face-saving act by the government... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 113497

  37. A Mathematical Compendium;
    MOORE, Sir Jonas. A Mathematical Compendium;

    London : 1681

    Second edition of this popular pocket-book, first published in 1674. "The book was intended to be sold with various mathematical instruments, some made by the author Nicholas Stephenson (a gunner in the Tower), who must have had Moore's sanction as his assistant to use his notes" (Taylor). "Stephenson was also deputed by Moore to compile the Royal Almanack... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 112517

  38. Royal Yachts.
    GAVIN, C. M. Royal Yachts.

    London : 1932

    First edition, one of 1,000 copies. Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 109722

  39. A Statement of the Duties of Customs, and those of Excise,
    MASCALL, Edward James. A Statement of the Duties of Customs, and those of Excise,

    London : 1808

    First edition, a decidedly uncommon handbook of maritime commerce, with just two copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (Senate House and Manchester), OCLC adds two in the Netherlands. Mascall was a prolific publisher of commercial handbooks, this iteration compiled in light of the opening of trade with the Portuguese colonies of South... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 109576

  40. Letters on Amphibious Wars.
    ASTON, G. G. Letters on Amphibious Wars.

    London : 1911

    First edition, first impression. With a very appealing provenance: from the library of Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe, first Earl Jellicoe (1859-1935), the victor of Jutland, who "deserves his place alongside the heroes of another age" (ODNB), signed "Jh Jellicoe" on the front pastedown. Sir George Grey Aston (1861-1938) was a Royal Marines officer... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 108834

  41. 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
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 106965

  42. The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson.
    (NELSON, Horatio.) NICOLAS, Sir Nicholas Harris (ed.) The Dispatches and Letters of Vice Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson.

    London : 1845-6

    Second edition of the first volume, with additional letters and notes, first editions of other volumes. The essential starting point for any attempt to understand either the mercurial personality or instinctive tactical genius of Nelson, never superseded. "This is the standard work of reference for Nelson's correspondence and is the principal source... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 106758

  43. Some Sea Specialties.
    SEE, Horace. Some Sea Specialties.

    New York : 1899

    First edition of what appears to be the first issue of this attractive and unusual promotional publication. Uncommon, three locations for this issue on OCLC, Yale, Columbia and New York Historical Society, and two locations for short broken runs, NYPL with the present issue together with 1902 and 1906, and Texas A & M with 1900 Winter, 1901 Spring,... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 105384

  44. The Navy Eternal.
    [RITCHIE, Sir Lewis Anselm da Costa.] "BARTIMEUS." The Navy Eternal.

    London, New York, Toronto : [1918]

    First edition, first impression, of this naval novel of the First World War. The pseudonymous author was Sir Lewis Anselm da Costa Ritchie (1886-1967). His birth name was Ricci, anglicized by deed poll in 1941. He served in the Royal Navy from 1901 until the Second World War and retired as captain of the royal yacht. He was press secretary to King George... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 104590

  45. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain.
    JENKINS, James. The Naval Achievements of Great Britain.

    London : [after 1817]

    First edition, with later issue plates, of this magnificent publication, illustrating the high-water mark of Britain's maritime hegemony, and the apogee of the coloured aquatint. As Roger Quarm, curator of pictures at the National Maritime Museum remarked: "As a record of naval events spanning a period of over twenty years it has no precedent. At no... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 102750

  46. Observations on the Dimensions of the Ships of the Line and Frigates in the French Navy.
    TUPINIER, Jean Marguerite, Baron. Observations on the Dimensions of the Ships of the Line and Frigates in the French Navy.

    London : 1830

    First edition in English of a French study which first appeared in the Annales Maritimes in 1822, "it was also printed by order of the French Government at the Royal press, for distribution among its own functionaries" (translator's preface). In emulation of this principle of limited distribution, a note verso of the title reads, "It is requested that... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 102411

  47. Manuscript order book.
    BYRON, John. Manuscript order book.

    1746-56

    John Byron (1723-1786), known as "Foulweather Jack" because of his persistent meteorological ill-fortunes, had been midshipman on the store ship Wager, part of Anson's squadron bound for the Pacific. Shipwrecked on the southern coast of Chile, he made his way to Valparaíso and returned to Europe by a French ship, arriving back in England in February... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 100745

  48. Blake, General-at-Sea.
    CURTIS, C. D. Blake, General-at-Sea.

    Taunton : 1934

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, with a typed letter signed to the subscriber C. Wanklyn, thanking him for his complimentary comments on the book and expressing his dislike of Pepys ("Pepys was no patriot. He, if ever a man was, was SELF FIRST in all that he did"); dated from Weston-super-Mare 4 July 1935. Scarce:... Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 100053

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

    London : 1814

    Second edition, the year after the first. "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 p.542) As it most assuredly... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 96661

  50. 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
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 95136

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

    London : 1847

    First edition, first issue, of this "very important voyage" (Hill), commissioned by the Admiralty to survey the Torres Strait, the hazardous Great Barrier Reef, and various regions in New Guinea. The expedition was the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission. Blackwood's directions were so "accurate that many appear on maps... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 94462

  52. Three Special Numbers of The Shipbuilder; Mauretania, Olympic and Titanic, and Aquitania.
    (TITANIC.) Three Special Numbers of The Shipbuilder; Mauretania, Olympic and Titanic, and Aquitania.

    Newcastle-on-Tyne and London : 1907-1914

    "The Shipbuilder, a Quarterly Magazine devoted to Shipbuilding, Marine Engineering and Allied Industries", was first published in 1904 as the "Mid-Tyne Link", and continued with minor variations of title, up to 1964, encompassing 682 issues, establishing itself as the journal of record for the industry. Original copies of perhaps the three most important... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 93891

  53. L'Architecture navale,
    DASSIÉ, F. L'Architecture navale,

    Paris : 1687

    First edition. "Consideré comme le premier traité d'architecture navale" (Polak). Although perhaps not the first, Dassié's work is almost certainly the first such work written by a professional in the field, and framed in such a way as to be of practical assistance to fellow shipbuilders. Dassié is a somewhat obscure figure. He was apparently born... Learn More
    £8,000.00

    Stock Code: 90928

  54. Le Pilote Expert.
    DASSIÉ, F. Le Pilote Expert.

    Havre de Grace : 1683

    First edition. Uncommon, OCLC locates copies at BnF, BL, Newberry, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Paris Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, and the University of Rostock only. No copies recorded at auction. A comprehensive manual of marine navigation including a glossary of navigational terms, methods of establishing longitude, the lodestone,... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 90835

  55. A Ship of the Line.
    FORESTER, C. S. A Ship of the Line.

    Leipzig : 1939

    First edition thus, first impression. The author's specially bound personal copy. With the posthumous estate label signed by the author's great nephew Mr A. S. Troughton-Smith and the publisher's presentation slip to the author loosely inserted. A Ship of the Line was first published in 1938 by Michael Joseph. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 87834

  56. Lieutenant Hornblower.
    FORESTER, C. S. Lieutenant Hornblower.

    London : 1952

    First edition, third impression. The author's specially bound personal copy. With the loosely inserted posthumous estate label signed by the author's great nephew Mr A. S. Troughton-Smith. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 87847

  57. The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte [together with] Memoirs of Madame Junot [and] Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte.
    HAZLITT, William; Duchess d'Abrantès; Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourienne. The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte [together with] Memoirs of Madame Junot [and] Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Paris & Boston : 1895

    Edition des Amateurs, limited to twenty-five sets this being 21/25. A particularly handsome set made up of Hazlitt's Life in 6 volumes, Bourienne's Memoirs of Napoleon in 4, Madame Junot, the Duchess d'Abrantes's Memoirs in 6. A balanced selection of Napoleonic biography containing the views of Hazlitt, a committed English Napoleonist, and Bourienne,... Learn More
    £4,850.00

    Stock Code: 86732

  58. The Royal Navy List or Who's Who in the Navy.
    (WORLD WAR I.) The Royal Navy List or Who's Who in the Navy.

    London : January, 1915

    First edition. Decidedly uncommon, and eminently useful reference. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 86004

  59. Bow Bells - H.M.S. London First Commission 1919-1930.
    (NAVAL.) Bow Bells - H.M.S. London First Commission 1919-1930.

    Valetta : 1930

    First edition, unsurprisingly uncommon, COPAC records just a copy in NMM, lacking its title page. London was a County Class Heavy Cruiser built at Portsmouth Dockyard, launched September 1927, and commissioned January 1929. Based on Malta her commissioning cruise in the Med took in the Italian and Dalmatian coasts, Athens, various Greek Islands, Gibraltar,... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 86005

  60. The Hundred Days.
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. The Hundred Days.

    London : 1998

    First edition, first impression. The nineteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 85564

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