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.
[Report of Marine Engineers 2nd Class H. Cop and J.S. van Veen, from their journey through England visiting naval and private shipbuilding establishments in 1885.]Amsterdam & Hellevoetsluis: 1885 Stock Code: 126946
First and only edition, classified "Geheim" - Secret - this copy No. 8 of an unknown limitation. Inevitably uncommon, WorldCat 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 London, and various shipyards in Britain, including that of the well-known Newcastle-based firm Armstrong, Mitchell & Co. A brief introduction to the purposes and itinerary of the trip is followed by background on cruisers in general, detailed information on various types, and descriptions of specific examples, including the Japanese vessels Naniwa-Kan and Takachiho-Kan, and the torpedo-cruisers Scout and Fearless. Cop was appointed professor of naval architecture at the Polytechnic School in Delft in 1887, van Veen (1859-1935), published several technical works and also wrote more polemical journal pieces on naval policy. This copy was held by the "Bureau van den Inspecteur o.d. Stoomvaartdienst" - Office of the Inspector for the Steamboat Service, inked inscription to the front board. Nice copy of this timely, and somewhat elusive work.
Foolscap folio (335 x 215 mm). Original black cloth-backed, pale grey paper-covered printed boards.
5 lithographed extensive folding plates of ship plans, the first 2 of the Japanese cruiser Naniwa-Kan, built by the firm Armstrong, Mitchell & Co., the first of these measuring c. 320 x 1350 mm
A little rubbed, boards browned at the margins, pale toning and light foxing to the text, remains very good.
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