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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. 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. Two manuscript estate indentures relating to Hawkins's property at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard in 1567. Signed by Sir John Hawkins and Dame Margaret Hawkins respectively.
    HAWKINS, Sir John. Two manuscript estate indentures relating to Hawkins's property at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard in 1567. Signed by Sir John Hawkins and Dame Margaret Hawkins respectively.

    Chatham, Kent : 1582 & 1599

    A superb example of the signature of one of the great sailors of Elizabethan England, the first document showing him acquiring land at Chatham, established as a Royal Dockyard by Elizabeth I in 1567. Sir John Hawkins (1532-1595), merchant, privateer and naval commander, was cousin to Sir Francis Drake "but Hawkins arguably knew more about seamanship... Learn More
    £10,000.00

    Stock Code: 115601

  3. 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

  4. 140645
    RUSSELL, W. Clark. Horatio Nelson and the Naval Supremacy of England.

    New York : 1890

    An attractively bound copy of this work, published as part of the "Heroes of the Nations" series. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140645

  5. 134938
    (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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. [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

  14. 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

  15. 122265
    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

  16. Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.
    (WORLD WAR I; AFRICA) Naval Expeditionary Force to the Cameroon, 1914-1915.

    London : 1915

    First and only edition, ?never published, title page has the ink stamp of Kennett & Co., dated 26 November 1915, together with the inked annotation "Private File Copy". Largely ship portraits of Allied warships and transports, Nigerian Government vessels, and German captures, but also including a sequence of panoramas of Douala, some shots of captured... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 139976

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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: 139310

  24. 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

  25. 138540
    O'BRIAN, Patrick. Men-Of-War.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 138540

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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, OCLC 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 in... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 126946

  32. 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, OCLC 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 of... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 126943

  33. 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

  34. 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 until... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 134067

  35. [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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. A Visit to Japan in 1860 on the U.S. Frigate "Hartford"
    BLANCHARD, Henry P. A Visit to Japan in 1860 on the U.S. Frigate "Hartford"

    San Francisco : 1878

    First and only edition, uncommon just 11 copies on OCLC, five of these in California, three at the University of California. Blanchard, an early American visitor to Japan, was a U.S. consul in China in the 1850s and was later based in San Francisco working as a merchant with interests in the China trade. This book is a collection of letters to his parents,... Learn More
    £1,275.00

    Stock Code: 129487

  45. Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, along the Coast of Corea, to the Island of Lewchew;
    McLEOD, John. Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, along the Coast of Corea, to the Island of Lewchew;

    London : 1818

    Second Edition, first published the previous year. McLeod was the Surgeon of the Alceste which carried Lord Amherst on his embassy to China. The ship was wrecked in the Strait of Gaspar, all hands survived to be menaced by Malay pirates but eventually rescued by the East-Indiaman Ternate. The narrative concludes with their brief stop... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 129164

  46. Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters and on the East Coast of Africa.
    SULIVAN, George Lydiard. Dhow Chasing in Zanzibar Waters and on the East Coast of Africa.

    London : 1873

    Third edition, perhaps more properly the third impression, the same year as the first. Important personal account of naval service in the suppression of slave trade; "Just as Sulivan received no honours for his service in East African waters, so the East African slave trade itself is now little known and the part played in its suppression by Sulivan... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 128899

  47. 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

  48. Second Opium War.
    (CHINA.) Second Opium War.

    An enthralling and richly detailed journal of a decade at sea with the US Navy during the 1850s, recording back-to-back cruises on three sloops-of-war, seeing action in three different arenas: on the Cyane, which shelled Greytown, Nicaragua (1854), the Preble during the Paraguay Expedition (1858) - a flexing of muscle by the US Navy that concluded peaceably... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 127365

  49. The Shannon's Brigade in India.
    VERNEY, Edmund Hope. The Shannon's Brigade in India.

    London : 1862

    First edition. Verney's fascinating diary of the naval brigade of HMS Shannon's campaign in India. Led by Sir William Peel, son of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, the men saw action twice at Lucknow and in the battle of the Kallee-Nuddee. Peel was wounded at Lucknow and died of smallpox shortly after; "his services in the field were the highlight of... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 127135

  50. Afhandling om coffardiskibes construction.
    FUNCH, Diderich Hansteen. Afhandling om coffardiskibes construction.

    Copenhagen : 1842-3

    First and only edition of this work on the construction of merchant ships written by the renowned royal Danish shipbuilder Diderich Hansteen Funch (1791-1856). Decidedly uncommon, just four locations on OCLC, Royal Danish Library, BL, National Library of Sweden, and University of Leipzig Funch was master shipbuilder at the dockyards in Copenhagen, and... Learn More
    £8,750.00

    Stock Code: 126950

  51. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.
    CASTELLANE-MAJASTRE, Henri-César. Journal d'Henri-César de Castellane Majastre, Commandant les Chébecs du Roi Le Caméléon & Le Singe, armés à Toulon le 23 juin 1773 … manuscript log of operations against Barbary Corsairs.

    At sea : 1773

    Born into the Provençal noble family with close ties to the sea, Henri-César de Castellane-Majastre, (1733-1789), was a career naval officer joining the service at the age of sixteen, ranking as lieutenant from 1762 to 1775, promoted captain 1777. He participated in the American War of Independence commanding the Marsellais, 74, in de Grasse's fleet,... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 126873

  52. Anecdotes of the late Lord Viscount Nelson;
    (NELSON, Horatio, Lord.) COLLINGWOOD, Adam. Anecdotes of the late Lord Viscount Nelson;

    London : 1806

    First and sole edition, rare: Copac cites copies at only two British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, National Maritime Museum), and OCLC adds just the copy at Yale, among international holdings. This well-illustrated account is one of a number of biographies rushed into print following Nelson's death at Trafalgar in October 1805. The author is... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 126299

  53. Salvage Operations. The Floating of H.M. Battleship "Howe".
    BOYES, George Thomas Henry, Rear-Admiral. Salvage Operations. The Floating of H.M. Battleship "Howe".

    London : 1900

    First edition, uncommon just 7 locations on Copac The Admiral-class battleship HMS Howe was commissioned in 1889 and joined the Channel Fleet a year later. On 2 November 1892, due to faulty Admiralty charts, Howe ran aground on the Pereiro Shoal off Bispon Point while attempting to enter Ferrol harbour, Spain. Salvage operations were extremely complex,... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 123155

  54. Original manuscript logs of the His Majesty's Hired Brig Cockatrice, 7 July 1805 - 10 February 1807; & HMS Foxhound 3 April 1807 & 28 February 1808.
    GREENE, Pitt Burnaby. Original manuscript logs of the His Majesty's Hired Brig Cockatrice, 7 July 1805 - 10 February 1807; & HMS Foxhound 3 April 1807 & 28 February 1808.

    Home waters : 1805-8

    Highly attractive Napoleonic period commander's logbook. Pitt Burnaby Greene made lieutenant in 1790, and was promoted to the rank of commander May 8 1804. His first command was HMhb Cockatrice, originally launched in 1781 as an Alert-class class of British Royal Navy cutter, but after she sank at her moorings in 1801 she was sold to private interests,... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 123114

  55. 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

  56. An Inquiry Into the Causes of our Naval Miscarriages:
    (BRITISH NAVY.) An Inquiry Into the Causes of our Naval Miscarriages:

    London : 1707

    Second edition, the first having been published as "The Old and True Way of Manning the Fleet", printed the same year. This edition has been enlarged with a bold new preface, summoning England to pursue an aggressive naval policy against the French and Spanish overseas empires. The work proposes enlightened reform of seafaring conditions for officers... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 122024

  57. Extracts, from the several Treaties subsisting between Great Britain and other Kingdoms and States,
    (NAVAL: MARITIME TREATIES.) [EDMUNDS, Henry (comp.)] Extracts, from the several Treaties subsisting between Great Britain and other Kingdoms and States,

    London : 1758

    Third edition - preceded by those of 1741 and 1747 - issued against the background of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) and updated to take into account the latest maritime treaties: with Algiers (1751), France (includes treaty of Aix la Chapelle, 1748), Morocco (1750-51), Portugal (1755), Savoy (1748 and 1750), Tripoli, and Tunis (both 1751 - and both... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 121023

  58. 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 : 1772

    First issued in 1731, these are the fundamental regulations governing "the organization and discipline of the British Navy... Up to 1731 every commander-in-chief had issued his own code of instructions to his ships, but in that year appeared the first set of King's Regulations and Admiralty Instructions, to be followed by many others as they were periodically... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 120595

  59. 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

  60. 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

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