Universal Yacht Signals.London: Hunt, 1847 Stock Code: 142560
First edition. Ackers based his system on Marryat's signals so that it would be possible for "all Yachts to communicate with each other; as also by possessing Capt. Marryat's Book, being able to exchange Signals with vessels in the Merchant Service; but what is still more important, the saving of very much trouble to the Officers of the Navy: enabling them to communicate with all the Yachts, having this work, by the use of one book only" (Introduction).
Ackers (1812-1872) was Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron in which capacity he published the present work; he competed in the inaugural America's Cup race in 1851 in his yacht Brilliant. As lord of the Manor of Moreton, he had Moreton Hall rebuilt in Palladian style by Edward Blore in 1841, served as High Sheriff of Cheshire. This copy with inked "ownership" inscription of R.Y.S. Gondola to the front pastedown, and water-colour sketches of the identifying hoist for the boat for the R. Y. S. and Royal Mersey Yacht Club. Gondola was owned by William Hervey Woodhouse of Irnham Hall in Lincolnshire, "the great Marsala merchant" (Lincolnshire Notes & Queries), in 1851 during her visit to Britain he challenged America to a race from Cowes round the Eddystone Lighthouse and back, which challenge was declined. Woodhouse's cunningly worked engraved monogram bookplate to the front pastedown, his initials formed by a linked pair of fouled and a gaff.
Octavo (234 x 138 mm) Publisher's dark blue roan, R.H. Hunt binder's ticket to the front pastedown, title gilt to the spine, foliate rolled panel to the boards, edges sprinkled blue, red silk page-markers.
14 pages with hand-coloured signal flags, light signal and semaphore diagrams to the text
A little rubbed, some recolouring and light repairs to the boards and spine, front hinge repaired, first gathering a touch loose and standing proud at the fore-edge, light browning throughout, occasional staining, overall a very good copy.
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