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EDMUNDS, Henry (comp.)

Extracts, from the several Treaties subsisting between Great Britain and other Kingdoms and States,

of such Articles and Clauses, as relate to the Duty and Conduct of the Commanders of His Majesty's Ships of War. The third edition.

London: Printed in the Year, 1758 Stock Code: 121023
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An important collection of treaties, beautifully bound

Third edition, in a decidedly distinguished binding, in the style of Jonas Hanway's first binder, possibly executed for a member of the Admiralty.

The third edition - preceded by those of 1741 and 1747 - was 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 comprising an extensive series of articles including the treatment of escaping slaves). Historical agreements are included with the fourteen treaties outlined here, between Britain and Algiers, Austrian Netherlands, Denmark, France, Morocco, Portugal, Russia, Savoy, Spain, States General, Sweden, Tripoli, Tunis, Turkey. The details of French treaties include several mentions of the American colonies.

The provenance of the binding cannot, regrettably, be ascertained, though it was perhaps executed for an individual with a connection to the Admiralty. In its overall style, and in particular the use of the backwards-facing bird tool, it resembles the work of Jonas Hanway's first binder (see Maggs, Bookbinding in the British Isles, 1996, I 121). Hanway (1712-1786), merchant and founder of the Marine Society, had a particular devotion to maritime affairs. Therefore, the subject matter of the present volume places it very much in Hanway's sphere of interest. "He was another eccentric philanthropist who sought to further the good causes he favoured by presenting elaborately bound books on such subjects to possible subscribers" (Nixon & Foot, The History of Decorated Bookbinding in England, 1992, pp. 87-88).

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Quarto (240 x 191 mm). Contemporary red goatskin, decorative gilt spine with five raised bands, floriate gilt decoration within each compartment, green label, sides with broad decorative border of fleurons, corners with backwards-facing birds each balanced on a series of small tools emerging from an urn, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers.


Attractive wood-engraved frontispiece showing the Admiralty fouled anchor on an escutcheon set against a trophy of arms within a scrollling cartouche (also featuring sextants, compasses, cannon and canonballs), tailpiece of a classical female figure repre


Some light abrasions and marks to binding. An excellent copy, with the preliminary blank [a1] and frontispiece.


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