FLAGS - NORIE, John William.

To the Right Honourable the Master Wardens, Elder Brethren of the Trinity House. This Plate Descriptive of the Maritime Flags of all the Nations, Is most Respectfully Dedicated by their Obliged & humble Servt.

London: J.W. Norie, 1835 Stock Code: 142564

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An appealing contemporary presentation of this wonderful vexillological reference. Originally issued by William Heather in 1800, the sheet was reissued in an updated version by Norie after he took over the business on Heather's death, Norie had worked for Heather since 1797. Library Hub and WolrdCat list only BL for Heather's original edition. Wonderful compilation including British ensigns and a wide range national, state, trading company and port flags, standards and signal flags, including a 24 star American flag and jack, the first flag of New Zealand, flags for the Mahrattas. Mecca, the Mogul of Persia and the Capitan Pasha, Arabia, the Royal Yacht Club, and two representing the Barbary Corsairs - "Sallee Bloody" and "Algerine Rover" with skull and crossed bones.

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Landscape "quarto" (243 x 278 mm). Contemporary moderate green cloth, strongly embossed with an extraordinary seaweed/tendril pattern. Original hand-coloured engraved broadsheet dissected and mounted in 12 leaves of medium weight "cartridge" paper - watermarked Whatman 1836 - the first with the arms of Trinity House, the second with the headline title mounted in sections to read as a title page, the others each with equally sized pieces of the pictorial section.


235 flags are illustrated, 24 to each leaf except the first where the Royal Standard takes the space of 6 of the smaller images.


A little rubbed, spine sunned and slightly chipped head and tail, short split on the front joint, endpapers lightly browned and with a scatter of foxing, the front free with a closed tear, repaired with archival tape, a few smudges to the colour on the flags, but overall very good.


Wilson, Flags at Sea, A27, A28.


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