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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. 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 and... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 42976

  2. 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

  3. Friendly Hints to the Young Naval Lieutenant.
    LIARDET, Francis. Friendly Hints to the Young Naval Lieutenant.

    London : 1858

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Vice Admiral Sir B. W. Walker Bart K. C. B. With the Authors kind regards, and as a small mark of respect to a first rate officer. Royal Hospital Greenwich 5th June 1858" to the front free endpaper.
    Sir Baldwin Wake Walker (1802-1876) was Surveyor and later comptroller of the Royal Navy... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 139741

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

    London : 1947

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

    Stock Code: 129940

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

    London : 1807

    First edition, inscribed on behalf of the author in an elegantly flourished secretarial hand on the blank before the frontispiece: "To John Houseman Esqr. with every sentiment of Regard by his friend & humble servant, the author". Beatty (1773-1842) was ship's surgeon on the Victory at Trafalgar; he "joined the navy at an early age, and saw much service... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 128879

  6. A Diary of the Travels.
    (CORVINUS PRESS.) TILLERY, John. A Diary of the Travels.

    [London] : 1938

    First and only edition, limited to 40 copies for personal distribution by Viscount Carlow, founder of the Corvinus Press, as a Christmas gift, this copy inscribed on the presentation leaf "For Eileen, from Carlow, 1938". The text was printed verbatim from the original manuscript, which is now in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It is today... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 122044

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

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