Regulations and Instructions relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea.
Established by His Majesty in Council.[London: The Admiralty,] 1772 Stock Code: 120595
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 revised" (Uden & Cooper, A Dictionary of British Ships and Seamen). All of the 18th- and early 19th-century issues are uncommon, ESTC records just a dozen locations for this edition. The present copy is annotated, corrected and commented upon in a contemporary hand, providing further insight on repealed articles, revoked measures, and clarifying points of law.
Quarto (246 x 198 mm). Rebound in functional black cloth, titles in gilt to spine, untrimmed.
Attractive engraved head- and tailpieces, tables to the text, and one folding.
A couple of discreet repairs to leaves, some foxing and spotting, light toning; a very good copy.
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