Royal Yacht Squadron Signals.Southampton: Hampshire Steam Printing Works, c.1866 Stock Code: 139743
First edition thus, we have been unable to trace another copy of this version of the RYS signal manual. We have dated this from the presence of Robert Balfour King on the title page as proprietor of the printing works, c.1864, and the gift inscription on the first blank; "J.B. Fleuret Jun., No. 39 Gt. James St., Bedford Row, W.C. & Yacht of London 20th Decr. 1866. A Gift from his friend John W. Mathews". John Beach Fleuret (1840-1904), whose father founded Fleuret's property brokers in 1820, was a keen yachtsman, with a home in Hythe in the latter part of the nineteenth century.
Octavo (214 x 134 mm). Original black straight-grained roan, title gilt to the spine, "bouquet" tools topped with a fouled anchor to the compartment, edges sprinkled red. Text-block thumb-indexed.
6 pages with hand-coloured flags, 6 uncoloured diagrams of evolutions.
Rubbed at the extremities, particularly on the joints which are cracked to the cords, but holding, light tan burn to the endpapers, thumb tabs a little soiled, but overall remains very good.
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