Bow Bells - H.M.S. London First Commission 1919-1930.Valetta: Critien's, Strada Reale [for the Company], 1930 Stock Code: 86005
NotesFirst edition, unsurprisingly uncommon, Library Hub 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, Barcelona and Balearics. During World War II, London was involved in the hunt for the Bismarck, on North Atlantic Convoy duties, and as part of the Indian Ocean Fleet off the coast of South Africa. In 1949, while on the China Station, she was sent up the Yangtze to intimidate - rather unsuccessfully - the Communist forces during the Amethyst Incident. She was scrapped in 1950.
Octavo. Original red pebble-grained cloth, title in gilt to the front board.
Illustrated title page to No.1, 2 plates and numerous illustrations and maps to the text, many full-page, the majority surprisingly good quality cartoons.
A little rubbed, and sunned at the spine, variable browning, but overall very good.
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