Naval & maritime

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 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

    London : 1992

    First edition, first impression. The fifteenth volume in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 85568

  6. 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. A beautiful, fresh copy. Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 85548

  7. 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
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 85563

  8. Tratado de la tribulacion, repartido en dos libros.
    RIBADENEIRA, Pedro de. Tratado de la tribulacion, repartido en dos libros.

    Madrid : 1589

    First edition of a work on the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Ribadeneira (1527-1611), a member of a noble Castilian family, studied at the universities of Paris, Louvain, and Padua, before becoming a leading diplomat and administrator within the Jesuit order, and St. Ignatius Loyola's first biographer. Here he justifies the intended invasion and looks... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 84941

  9. Naval Sketches.
    VALDA, Salvator & Henry Hunt, R.N. Naval Sketches.

    London : 1908

    First edition. Some very Edwardian naval humour from Valda, an illustrator who worked in Australia for the Sydney Mail for some time; and more literal views of naval life from Hunt, who was a naval surgeon. An attractively, if weakly, produced book. Inevitably uncommon in jacket. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 84581

  10. Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary.
    KURATA, Otokichi. Ship Building English-Japanese Japanese-English Glossary.

    Tokyo : 1940

    Second edition, first published 1938. Uncommon, OCLC records a single copy at Linda Hall Library; CiNii shows copies at Kanazama, Fukushima, Hokkaido and Meiji Universities in Japan, and at Liaoning, PRC; Craig notes only the same author's Japanese-English Vocabulary of Shipbuilding of 1957. This copy with the ownership inscription of "Robert M. White,... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 82913

  11. The History of American Sailing Ships.
    CHAPELLE, Howard I. The History of American Sailing Ships.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, limited issue, number 115 of 121 copies signed by the author, and with a real etching signed by George C. Wales as frontispiece. Chapelle was Senior Historian in the Department of Science and Technology at the Smithsonian Institution, and was internationally renowned for his knowledge of the naval architecture of America in the era of... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 74438

  12. The Murmansk Venture.
    MAYNARD, Charles Clarkson Martin. The Murmansk Venture.

    London : [1928]

    A presentation copy. Inscribed by the author to: "J. Sewell, With my thanks for help with the illustrations. Charles Maynard, Sept 1928". An account of the expedition by the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in North Russia from May 1918 to September 1919. The work is particularly useful for its detailed coverage of military operations throughout... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 73879

  13. Command.
    MCFEE, William. Command.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Sherman K. Ellis Esq. at the Donald Lawder's express "Command" with much appreciation from William McFee. Jan. 1927". With McFee's bookplate. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 70797

  14. The Gunnery Pocket Book.
    (NAVAL GUNNERY.) The Gunnery Pocket Book.

    1932

    First edition. "The primary object of this book is to give all the information and gunnery knowledge that is required of a Seaman Gunner in addition, certain portions, the knowledge of which is not officially required of a Seaman Gunner, are included to form a suitable basis on which the higher gunnery ratings can build up their more detailed education"... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 68902

  15. Collection of six scarce works on navigation, hydrography, meteorology, and astronomy published at Nantes.
    FRUNEAU, René. Collection of six scarce works on navigation, hydrography, meteorology, and astronomy published at Nantes.

    Nantes : 1829-33

    First editions of a group of rather eccentric theoretical papers on a range of matters maritime by an "ancien marin Nantaise", based in his experiences as a ship's captain in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. In his introduction to the first "opuscule" Fruneau insists that he is not seeking patronage (Certes! l'intérêt ni autres motifs n'ont... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 67938

  16. De Fabrica triremium liber.
    MEIBOM, Marcus. De Fabrica triremium liber.

    Amsterdam : 1671

    First and only edition of this uncommon treatise on ancient shipbuilding, drawn from classical and Biblical sources, illustrated with a beautiful, etched frontispiece by de Hooghe. Born in Tönningen, Schleswig-Holstein, around 1630, Meibom was a Danish philologist and polymath scholar probably best known for his work on music in antiquity. His Antiquae... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 67473

  17. The Madras Almanac and Compendium of Intelligence for 1845.
    (INDIAN ALMANAC.) The Madras Almanac and Compendium of Intelligence for 1845.

    1845

    First edition. These local vade mecums, annual publications produced using local materials, are inevitably uncommon on the market. Although substantial at around c.700 pages, they have a low survival rate. That they were retained after their supersession is demonstrated by the fact that this copy has the presentation inscription dated in 1849 of the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 66430

  18. Naval Evolutions; A Memoir by…
    DOUGLAS, Sir Howard. Naval Evolutions; A Memoir by…

    1832

    First edition. The third son of Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Douglas, Douglas was originally intended for the Navy, but after his father's death, his guardians, without consultation, obtained a place for him at the Royal Military Academy. He was subsequently superintendent of the senior department at Sandhurst, and served with distinction as assistant quartermaster-general... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 60040

  19. The Successors of Drake.
    CORBETT, Julian. The Successors of Drake.

    London : 1900

    First edition. Important sequel to Corbett's Drake and the Tudor Navy, covers the years 1596-1603. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 45682

  20. Oared Fighting Ships.
    ANDERSON, R. C. Oared Fighting Ships.

    1962

    First edition. The standard work. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 44936

  21. Nuovo Trattato sulla vera Rettificazione del Circolo Misurato esattmente con il Diametro, utile alla Trigonometria … Con una Dissertazione sul Modo di navigare sott'Acqua.
    MARCHETTI TOMASSI, Gaetamo, conte. Nuovo Trattato sulla vera Rettificazione del Circolo Misurato esattmente con il Diametro, utile alla Trigonometria … Con una Dissertazione sul Modo di navigare sott'Acqua.

    Foligno : 1817

    First edition to include the section on underwater navigation, illustrated with a wonderful etching of a submarine propelled by oars, including a cut-away view. Count Gaetano Marchetti Tomassi (1774-1857), a nobleman born in Foligno near Perugia, was an amateur scientist. He devised one of several methods of squaring the circle, which constitutes the... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 43772

  22. Manuel des Marins, ou Explication des Termes de Marine.
    BOURDÉ [DE VILLEHUET, Jacques]. Manuel des Marins, ou Explication des Termes de Marine.

    Lorient : 1773

    First edition. Born in St. Malo in 1732, Bourdé spent his entire career in the employ of the Compagnie des Indes based at Lorient. His reputation was made by the publication in 1765 of Le Manoeuvrier, which he had submitted for the approbation of the Academie des Sciences. An English translation was published in 1788 and Bourdé joined... Learn More
    £1,800.00

    Stock Code: 42930

  23. The Universal Code of Signals for the Mercantile Marine of all Nations,
    (MARRYAT, Frederick.) RICHARDSON, G.B. The Universal Code of Signals for the Mercantile Marine of all Nations,

    1864

    Renowned as a story-teller of the sea, Marryat was elected to the Royal Society in 1819 mainly on the strength of this adaptation of Sir Home Popham's system of signaling, first published 1817. "This earned him a large and regular income." (ODNB) He later received the Légion d'Honneur from the king of France "for services rendered to science... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 42489

  24. Horacio Nelson Barão do Nilo Visconte Nelson Duque de Bronte Vice Almirante [da 2e Divisão azul.]
    (NELSON.) Horacio Nelson Barão do Nilo Visconte Nelson Duque de Bronte Vice Almirante [da 2<sup>e</sup> Divisão azul.]

    [c.1801]

    Scarce, attractive and highly interesting pair of portraits of Nelson produced in Portugal around 1801 after he had been made vice admiral of the blue. The left-hand engraving shows a romantically presented bust portrait in three quarter profile, wearing the sash of the Order of the Bath and a single Naval Medal. The background is blank. The second... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 42540

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